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  • Item #: 057800
    Retail: $9.99
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    Learn basic addition with this fun, sea-themed game. The set includes 100 round cards: one side has a cute illustration of a fish or sea animal; the reverse side displays a number from 1-9. Players take turns flipping cards up in front of them to show the numbers, then shouting "I see 10!" when they spot combinations of numbers that add up to 10. The player that collects the most 10's is the winner. Watch out for the shark cards - if you flip one over your whole catch goes back! 100 cards (90 number cards + 10 shark cards) store easily in a sturdy cardboard box. Designed to meet the CCSS for Operations and Algebraic Thinking. 2-4 players

  • Item #: 002351
    ISBN: 9780867170672
    Retail: $69.95
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    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Guide. English I. Structure of Language, Nature of Language, Practical English, Short Story Fundamentals, Language in Literature, Meaning in Prose & Poetry, Communication, Library & Drama: The Miracle Worker, Studies in the Novel: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Looking Back.
  • Item #: 002337
    ISBN: 9780867170665
    Retail: $89.95
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    Boxed Set contains 10 LIFEPACs, Teacher Guide with answer keys and two required readers: The Miracle Worker and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Grade 9 is English I. LIFEPAC topics include: Structure of Language, Nature of Language, Practical English, Short Story Fundamentals, Language in Literature, Meaning in Prose & Poetry, Communication, Library & Drama, Studies in the Novel, and Looking Back.

  • Item #: 066495
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    Microscopes reveal a whole world of science not seen by the naked eye. The National Geographic LCD Microscope offers easier viewing with a 2 ¼”x 2 7/8” screen rather than an eyepiece – better for group viewing, younger children, and those with vision problems. Included with the microscope is a dust cover, 5 prepared slides and 10 blank slides (glass) with covers, Mikrotom tissue chopper, USB cable, power supply plug, scissors, pipette, tweezers, teasing needles, shrimp breeding container, sea salt, brine shrimp eggs, yeast, and gum media. All of this comes neatly organized in a nylon carrying case with handle and shoulder strap. The included instruction manual explains every part of the microscope and how to use it, along with instructions for 3 activities – including growing brine shrimp. The mechanical stage allows for easy focusing and the specimens can be viewed from 40X to 1600X with clarity. SD card required for photos, but not included.

      When my daughter was in 4th grade, we bought her a Tasco Big Screen Microscope. She used that microscope for her first science fair and raised brine shrimp – this product brought back memories, but with big improvements. The instruction guide lists all parts of the microscope and items included in a numbered diagram and list – be sure to read through this to get familiar with the terms. Numbered steps with explanations help you get started and include number references for the diagram. This microscope has three light (LED) settings: bottom lighting to view slides and other transparent objects, top lighting to view opaque or solid objects that only works with the 4X objective, and top and bottom lighting at the same time for semi-transparent objects. Set-up is easy. Magnification is greater and clearer. There are 3 objectives (4X, 10X, 40X) and the LCD magnification factor is 12.5X. In combination, you will get magnifications of 40X, 125X, and 500X. A 6-position color filter disc rotates below the stage that can be used to help control the bright light to clarify the image and the up and down buttons below the screen can adjust the brightness of the image. An additional light collector lens is included that allows even more light for viewing, and a dimmer switch also lets you control the brightness. Increase the magnification even more by using the right and left controls below the screen, allowing you to increase the magnification up to 2000X!!   

      You can snap photos or record videos of your images and save them on an SD card (not included). Switch from the view of your live image to those saved on your SD card by using the ‘escape’ button. Attach the USB cable to transfer the data to your computer for editing and printing.

      Overall, I had a lot of fun playing with this microscope. I am totally amazed at the quality of the view and the ease of operation. The key is to read (completely) the user/instruction guide without skipping things. I read through several times before I realized all the capabilities of this scope. The National Geographic LCD Microscope could be used at the elementary level and up through high school. The magnification and clarity are the quality you would need for high school labs. My how technology has improved! ~ Donna         

  • Item #: 054740
    Retail: $35.00
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    Providing a solid foundational understanding of the providence of God in our nation's history, this one semester high school humanities course is an essential resource to solidify the Christian ideals of our young people as they prepare to enter the market place of ideas. Using Peter Marshall's popular books: The Light and the Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet, as spine resources, this study covers American history from 1492-1860 with a specific focus on four major themes: Call, Covenant, Repentance, and the Leader as a Servant. Throughout this one semester study, students are also required to conduct a community based project putting these principles into practice.

    Beginning with an 18-week lesson guideline, this curriculum is organized in a clear, easy to use format. The three core books have been organized into sections (called parts), and each part has further been developed to offer introductions, learning objectives, continuing themes, key words and concepts, key people and places, video and audio recommendations, supplemental reading recommendations, activity suggestions, writing/Socratic seminar topics and research ideas. Time spent on each part varies from one day to one week.

    Let me share an example from Part 19 (expected to take 3 days). Students begin by reading chapters 10-11 in the book, "From Sea to Shining Sea". The introduction covers how inherently wrong slavery is from our modern perspective, as well as the perspective of the majority of Christians in the early 19th century. The objectives focus on understanding the history of slavery in America, understanding why slavery did not develop in the North as the South, the impact of slavery on every political debate in America, the incompatibility of slavery in light of our Declaration of Independence, the realistic picture of slavery and the picture of Christianity role in the lives of slaves and slave holders. Continuing themes focus on God's selection of individuals and His perfect timing as well as how power can blind even good-hearted individuals and the love of money. Key Words and Concepts along with Key People and Places are provided. A sampling of the recommendations for viewing, listening and reading include: Roots, The Great Civil War Debate (Rev. Peter Marshall vs. Rev. Steve Wilkins) among others in the viewing category; a link to listen to Negro spirituals; and several links to online resources to read. Writing/Socratic Seminar Topic suggestions are numerous. For example: "Explain the impact of the cotton gin; or Chapter 11 teaches us that the public was very aware of the realities of slavery, yet seemingly remained indifferent to it. Are there parallels today? How can you explain why we ignore them?" Additionally, five research ideas are presented. As you can see based on the scope of options available, families can chose to expand these areas, creating a more in-depth study or select from the options to create a well-rounded study.

    At the heart of this study is the Reflective Notebook (RN) students are required to create. Following the principle approach to education, this notebook is designed to train independent thinkers and writers and will contain class assignments and notes along with journal entries, reflection entries, and a place to process their learning and express opinions and feelings. While many of the activities are easy to incorporate at home, you may find some of the projects lend themselves to a group or co-op setting, making this a versatile study for many homeschool families.

    An expansive appendix offers beneficial resources including: a summary of dominant American values; suggestions for the reflective notebook; ideas/guidelines for the various projects including the covenant (social justice) project, American values multi-media project, American body biography project, viewing and reading guides; how to "read" art; final assessment ideas; supplemental reading lists organized by topic and time period; and additional teaching resources. Required for this study are the three spine books written by Peter Marshall, a spiral bound notebook (I would use a three ring binder for more versatility), highlighters, colored pencils/magic markers for map work, and butcher paper. Spiral. 240 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 035205
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    Originally written as a one-semester study, this textbook takes a look at the beliefs of evolutionists and creationists side-by-side. Shelby MacFarlane presents the information in a systematic, easy-to-read format. Chapters one through three offer the evolutionist perspective, citing those who contributed to the evolutionary theory and the timeline of its beliefs. Chapters four through ten focus on the creationist perspective, citing scientific evidence against evolution (missing fossil links, fraudulent embryonic drawings of Haeckel and more) as well as the dating methods used today.

    Each chapter is broken into sections, and each section wraps up with discussion sections. Throughout the sections are illustrations and photos to enhance the content, and new terminology and vocabulary are in bold. A glossary at the back of the book offers the definitions of those terms and words. I think what really sets this book apart from some of the others is the readability. Because it is divided into shorter sections with discussion topics, the reader isn't overwhelmed with a sea of words that they feel they will never get through. The sections of this book can be read in shorter time periods; therefore, it can fit into an already busy schedule.

    If you want to use it as a one-semester curriculum at the high school level, there is a resource CD available for purchase. This resource includes pdf.files of tests, vocabulary review, chapter review, concept maps, and a final exam. Students need to hear this before going off to college, where they will hear only one side of the argument. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 027122
    ISBN: 9781929756506
    Retail: $25.00
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    Danger from lions! Battles on the high seas! Quests for gold and treasure! Join ten courageous men as they travel the world and embark on journeys of adventure: Sir Francis Drake, David Livingstone, Captain John Smith, Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone, Sir John Franklin, Hernan Cortes, John Paul Jones, Hernando De Soto, and Giuseppe Garibaldi. Listening to the story of the clash between John Paul Jones' USS Ranger and the British man-o-war HMS Drake made me feel the thrill of a sea battle. The runtime is a whopping 9 hours and 55 minutes – and the reason there's so much audio on one CD is because it's in MP3 format. That means that you can put the audio files on any iOS device (iPod, etc.), and play the CD on your computer, DVD player, or MP3 compatible CD player. (Please note the CD will not work in older CD players that are not MP3 compatible.). Ten Great Adventurers would be a fantastic way to pass the time on your next long road trip—or anytime! –Chad
  • Item #: 012701
    ISBN: 9780984977291
    Retail: $35.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Originally written as a one-semester study, this textbook takes a look at the beliefs of evolutionists and creationists side-by-side. Shelby MacFarlane presents the information in a systematic, easy-to-read format. Chapters one through three offer the evolutionist perspective, citing those who contributed to the evolutionary theory and the timeline of its beliefs. Chapters four through ten focus on the creationist perspective, citing scientific evidence against evolution (missing fossil links, fraudulent embryonic drawings of Haeckel and more) as well as the dating methods used today.

    Each chapter is broken into sections, and each section wraps up with discussion sections. Throughout the sections are illustrations and photos to enhance the content, and new terminology and vocabulary are in bold. A glossary at the back of the book offers the definitions of those terms and words. I think what really sets this book apart from some of the others is the readability. Because it is divided into shorter sections with discussion topics, the reader isn't overwhelmed with a sea of words that they feel they will never get through. The sections of this book can be read in shorter time periods; therefore, it can fit into an already busy schedule.

    If you want to use it as a one-semester curriculum at the high school level, there is a resource CD available for purchase. This resource includes pdf.files of tests, vocabulary review, chapter review, concept maps, and a final exam. Students need to hear this before going off to college, where they will hear only one side of the argument. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 001368
    ISBN: 9780590462068
    Retail: $6.99
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    Pam Conrad brings you this gripping log of Pedro de Salcedo, who was aboard the great voyage with Christopher Columbus from August 3rd of 1492 to February 14th of 1493. Pedro is a young man of only fourteen, and it is his first time away from home. The captain quickly makes him a sort of right-hand man. Pedro watches how intensely the men doubt Columbus from the beginning. The day before they finally touch land, Columbus promises they will turn around home. As fate would have it, the next day they land in a place Columbus names San Salvador. Here they gain experience with the natives, who are extremely docile and generous. In each place they land on, the people gradually become unfriendly - perhaps some words of caution were spread? Soon enough, the entire crew realizes they have not landed in India and there are no spices or silks or pearls. In fact, nobody except Columbus cares about anything except heading home to Spain at this point. After the sinking of the Santa Maria, some of the men board the Nina to go home, and the others are left behind to start a Spanish settlement in the New World. Pedro fears he may not ever return home. On the last day at sea, he encases a last letter into a barrel and throws it out to the ocean so that if it ever reaches his home, his mother should know that he loves her and she should pray for his soul. This recounting is sometimes suspenseful, troubling, and mystifying, but at all times it is engaging.

  • Item #: 000608
    ISBN: 9780988707030
    Retail: $120.00
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    The cool thing about web design is that it is handy skill regardless of your child’s future career path. Whether they start their own business or work for a Fortune 500 company, a firm grasp of web programming and design is sure to give them an edge over individuals who do not.  This course, from the folks at Homeschool Programming, was created for students starting from the ground up and will give them a good knowledge of HTML, XHTML, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. It contains two courses (Beginning & Advanced Web Design), and combines them into a single year-long online course.

    As someone who has learned the basics of HTML, I appreciate that Beginning Web Design starts with the very basics. The student will learn what the internet is, how it works, and how URLs, mark-up language, and browsers function. Chapter lessons provide a lot of information, although it is very readable, friendly and is accompanied by screen-shots, tables, and graphics. Eager fingers will then hit the keyboard with the “Work with Me” step-by-step assignments and “Your Turn” activities which reinforce the information in the lesson. In a truly hands-on approach, students start on their first web site by the end of Chapter 3! As students progress, they apply the concepts they have learned to this ever-developing example web site featuring birds of prey. By the end of Beginning Web Design, they’ll be ready to jump the nest themselves, creating their own website (on a topic of their choice) for the final project. Don’t let the “Advanced” title on the second course scare you – it’s just the next step. Chapter One starts with a quick refresher on HTML and CSS, then it’s off to HTML5, headers and footers, adding video and audio content, learning CSS3, relationship selectors, dynamic menus, JavaScript, and dynamic pages all while building a website on sea creatures. Wow, at this point, I really want to use this course! It looks so approachable compared to the other basic web design books gathering dust on my shelf! Although there’s not much competition (that I am aware of) in homeschool web design courses, this one is a solid choice whether your student is naturally tech-savvy or not. – Jess
      System requirements: Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS 10.7 or higher.

  • Item #: 074315
    Retail: $29.95
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    A teaching tool and a genuinely enjoyable math game in one beautiful package! The board consists of color-coded spaces from 1-101. Players try to reach 101 exactly with both pawns by adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. Each turn, the active player rolls 2 10-sided dice, then uses each rolled number (one at a time) to perform an operation on the space their pawn is currently on. For example, if a player has 1 pawn on “14” and rolls a 7 and an 9, the player has 6 immediate options: subtract to 7 (14 – 7 = 7) or 5, add to 21 or 23, multiply to 98, or divide to 2.

    And remember the color-coding I mentioned? It works for multiplication and division! The “14” space is half-orange, half-purple. The “7” space is all purple. So, the player adds the colors together and looks for the space with 2 purple parts and 1 orange part – “98!” Likewise, if the player chose to divide “14” by “7”, they would simply subtract the “purple” color and look for the all-orange space. This provides a handy shortcut for those learning or reinforcing multiplication & division. Adding a final twist are “Action” and “Keeper” cards – when a pawn ends on a prime number above 10, they draw a card. Action cards are played immediately and allow players to switch pawns, roll again, or more. Keeper cards can be played any time during a player’s turn with beneficial actions or to harm their opponent. The suggested age is 10+, but the only requirement to play is basic math skills. For 2-4 players. 45-minute playtime.

    Winner of numerous awards, including the 2017 National Parenting Projects Award and Tillywig Toy Brain Child Award, and many others!

  • Item #: 029446
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    It all looks just like I remember it! Four trees full of small, stemmed cherries, bucket spots for picked cherries, and a spinner marked with 1, 2, 3, or 4 cherries plus a cherry-snatching bird and dog, and an upset bucket. A child doesn't even need to be able to count to ten to play this adorable "first" game. Play is simple and quick (about 15-30 minutes); just spin and follow the pictures, adding cherries from the tree to the bucket or putting them from the bucket back onto the tree. First one to get all his tree's cherries into his bucket wins. Three generations and counting in our family – I wonder how many future generations will play? For 2-4 Players.
  • Item #: 007136
    ISBN: 9780698116801
    Retail: $6.99
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    This classic adventure set in upstate New York during the late 1700's centers around a Dutch family of settlers, the Van Alstynes. It tells the true and chilling story of the bravery, obedience and heroism of a 10-year-old boy in a perilous situation. Written by Walter D. Edmonds, author of Drums Along the Mohawk, The Matchlock Gun was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1942. Colorfully illustrated by Paul Lentz, the large, clear print and 10 short chapters are just right for younger readers. pb.

  • Item #: 006213
    Retail: $44.95
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    So, you're writing stories in English class, and your reluctant writer is whiny and reticent. "Why do we have to write stories? I can't think of anything!" If you can't get them out of their writing slump by suggesting "Well, let's brainstorm," or "Look around you for ideas," just say (with a twinkle in your eye) - "Forget it, let's just play a game instead." Of course, five or ten minutes later they'll realize they're not getting off the story-writing hook, but they'll probably be enjoying themselves so much they'll forget to pout. The game format is similar to most board games your family plays, with a large board featuring a wandering path from beginning to end. Besides a die, scoring pad and markers, the game features eight decks of story element cards and a story outline pad. Basically, as players move along the board, they will collect specific story element cards, and weave them into a story. Card decks are clearly labeled and include topic sentence, plot, character, setting, description, dialogue, lesson, and resolution cards. At the beginning of the game, each player receives a topic sentence. This is the only topic sentence card they will receive, and should be used towards the beginning of the story. As they roll the die, they will land on spaces labeled with the names of corresponding story element cards, and will draw the top card from the stack. By the end of the game, they should have at least one of each element card, and at least five description cards. Then, the writing begins! Choosing from their collected cards, the writer decides which cards he wants to incorporate into his or her story, and writes them onto the outline sheet. The outline begins with the topic sentence, and features blanks to fill in for each part of the story. Under "Setting", they must determine the "where", "when" and descriptors. Under character, they must identify the good guys and the bad guys, and describe both. For the plot, they must identify the problem, and decide on the order of events. Under "Resolution" and "Lesson", they will decide how the "Resolution" and "Lesson" cards they chose relate to their story, and how it all wraps up. Now, players each have a good framework for a story; the trick is now fleshing it out into an actual short story, which may be easier at this point, since a lot of the "unknowns" have been identified. A scoring sheet will help Mom decide if the story included all the necessary components, and will inspire kids not to skimp on the "less exciting" stuff. Since inventing characters, conflicts and settings sometimes takes a lot of steam out of even the more enthused young writers, I would imagine that taking that pressure off of them in this way would free up their imaginations to write a much more well-rounded, exciting story. I'll bet that even Mom and Dad will want to play this one! - Jess

  • Item #: 063932
    ISBN: 9781937032555
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       Learn logic in a day!  That is, a day in the life of Fred.  Here is a complete coverage of logic in a mere 176 pages.  No ancillaries required.  That’s right.  No separate teacher book, no test pack, no workbook needed.  It’s all right here – the whole “Kittens” caboodle.  Fred, now six (and still a professor at Kittens U), is preparing to give a logic lecture.  Ironically, and somewhat conveniently, Duck (first introduced in Life of Fred: Apples) pays Fred a visit and provides ample fodder for some of the first topics covered in the book.  Duck, who always speaks in sentences that are false, helps to illustrate both logic sentence structure and the concept of every sentence being True or False.  As always, Dr. Schmidt manages to both entertain and train.  Along with the levity and random bits of eclectic knowledge provided in chapter 1, Dr. Schmidt gets right down to introducing us to both pure and applied logic and the language of logic (the use of symbols, modeling, and structures) – all in the first few pages of the book.   From there, the course progresses through the topics of truth tables, connectives, the language of logic, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, logic fallacies (covered all in ONE conversation), and predicate logic.  These first six chapters provide a complete high school logic course.  Once logic as a second language is mastered, working through the remaining ten chapters is the equivalent of completing a college-level logic course.   This part of the course is more heavily theoretical.  It uses the structures and models learned in the first part of the course, progressing to proofs, introducing more complex structures and lemmas, and giving much thought to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.   No prerequisites are required to begin this course, though I think it would help if your student had completed Algebra and Geometry before tackling it.  While the math skills themselves are not needed, the ability to reason well and think logically (and somewhat mathematically) is.  There are no exercises to complete, though there are 99 “puzzles” to solve.  In addition to a very alert and thoughtful mind, familiarity with and understanding of symbolic language, proofs, combinations, set theory, and other topics typically covered in higher-level math would aid solutions.  As far as teaching time, there is none.  The course is totally self-instructional.  Instruction is directed to the student/reader and all answers are included in the back of the book.  Dr. Schmidt goes to great lengths as the book’s narrator to make sure the student does not take the easy road and check the answers before first exercising his/her brain.  He also already anticipates questions and objections the student might have, with many “reader” interjections, shown in distinctive font, at these points.   One quibble I have with the book (and a caution to parents) is Dr. Schmidt’s unnecessary incorporation of drugs (cocaine) and drinking used in one of the early examples in the book.   I can guess the reason for this, but I wish he had considered another option….  This course will appeal most to those who enjoy math, enjoy Fred, and enjoy a good story along with their study.

  • Item #: 050299
    ISBN: 9781450785082
    Retail: $69.95
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    This course is for your visual learners who need high school credit in Chemistry. Wes Olson, the host of Biology 101, will take you on a journey through the history of chemistry along with what the study of chemistry is all about. This course is divided into nineteen 20-45 minute segments and examines the world of chemistry, the periodic table, important characters in the field of chemistry, the essentials of chemistry such as neutrons, isotopes, ions, compounds, molecules, and balancing chemical equations, an explanation of the elements – non-metals, poor metals, transition metals, rare earth & radioactive metals, and the future of chemistry. This is a 4 DVD set that has a running time of 10 hours, 55 minutes along with PDF files for the guidebook, accreditation booklet, and an extended periodic table.

    To get started with this program, you will want to print off the PDF files for the guidebook, periodic table and accreditation schedule, or take them somewhere to have them printed (the guidebook is over 120 pages). Students will be starting a chemistry notebook for this program in which they will write their research and reports. You will want to read ahead in the guidebook so you can gather and prepare needed items for the next lesson, mini-labs, and reports. The guidebook also allows the student to review information covered in the lessons along with quizzes and discussions questions. Mini-labs are demonstrated in the lessons and are performed with items from around your house or are easily accessible. I think the labs are much better and meatier than those found in Biology 101 and would do a much better job of meeting the high school credit. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 045726
    ISBN: 9781935197003
    Retail: $0.00
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    Hear it is! Weight know longer! This is won grate book that shouldn't bee mist! Seriously, this is a very helpful resource. The cover says it has "more homophones than you can shake a stick at." I don't know how many that is, but 101 sound-alike pairs and triples are covered in this book via grade-leveled worksheets and other activities. Worksheets have target homophones in large lettering on the top and ten fill-in-the-blank exercises The worksheets are intended as reinforcement; you should introduce the homophones and their correct usage before having students work them. There are also additional activities or fun facts at the bottom of each page plus an entire page of additional suggestions for using the sheets. A section of graphic organizer sheets can be used to illustrate (or paste pictures of) homophones and define them. This could even be part of your instruction process prior to having students work through the exercises. A section of homophone crossword puzzles is included following the worksheets. A table tells you when you can use each puzzle (the first can be completed after using the 2nd grade sheets). Six different homophone card games are provided, complete with cards to photocopy onto cardstock and/or laminate. A final section of More Homophone Tools contains a listing of books about or using homophones; My List of Homophones student sheets (for students to compile their own lists); tongue twisters; riddles; puns; answer keys for the worksheets and puzzles; and, finally, a mega-list of homophones (maybe more than you can shake a stick at). I think it's safe to say that this is the only homophone reference/resource book you'll ever knead!

  • Item #: 017269
    Retail: $12.99
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    Cubes that connect on all sides, like Multilink Cubes. Compared to Multilink Cubes, I found AllLink Cubes much easier to manipulate and snap together. One set contains ten each of ten colors (white, black, brown, orange, yellow, red, pink, purple, blue, green). ~ Anh

  • Item #: 003128
    ISBN: 9780547577098
    Retail: $7.99
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    The 1990 Newbery Medal Winner. As the Nazis begin arresting the Jewish people of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen and her family work to keep their Jewish friends and neighbors safe.

  • Item #: 072136
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    If you’ve never heard of him, Alan Turing was the “father of modern computing” and played a pivotal role in developing machine computing as we know it. I think he would be proud to have his namesake attached to such a brilliant teaching tool! Part programming and part logic puzzle, the Turing Tumble begins as an unassuming peg-board with slots for falling marbles; think “Plinko machine.” The goal is to turn the board into a simple computer using six marble-carrying analog equivalents of digital machinery: Ramps (direct balls down the board – circuits), Crossovers (change the direction of balls – also circuits), Bits (can be turned “left” or “right” – represent 0 or 1), Interceptors (prevent a marble from releasing more marbles – a “STOP” command), and Gears / Gear Bits (store information by being pointed “right” or “left” – a sort of register). When one marble reaches the bottom, it triggers either a Blue (left) or Red (right) marble to fall. The key to programming the Turing Tumble is controlling where these marbles end up!

    To accomplish this, a 60-puzzle activity book accompanies the board. Each puzzle is styled & illustrated as part of a simple computer program that needs solved: an Objective (“Let exactly 9 blue balls reach the end. Intercept the 10th.”), Required Output (a pattern of Blue and/or Red marbles), a Starting Setup (a clear picture of the parts which start on the board), and Available Parts (the parts you should use to accomplish the objective). The process begins with trial & error as kids figure out how each piece functions; but once they understand the correlation between “plastic pieces” and “programmable puzzle,” it becomes all about logic!

    Interwoven into the puzzle book is the story of a young space engineer who must escape an abandoned planet. Each puzzle brings her closer to rescue, seamlessly integrating the story and activity to help keep kids engaged. Perfect for learning logic, basic computing, and good, clean, screen-free fun! Includes 30 Ramps, 6 Crossovers, 10 Bits, 3 Interceptors, 4 Gears, 8 Gear Bits, 20 Red marbles, 20 Blue marbles, and 30 counterweights.

  • Item #: 059250
    ISBN: 9781892427526
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $51.95

    Have you ever stopped to realize that a comprehensive understanding of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants are a necessary foundation for interacting meaningfully with our increasingly global-minded world? Taking an overview approach, the North Star Geography course covers geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Bright Ideas Press and world geography – what a great idea! Student Reader plus Companion Guide CD-ROM (activities: maps, hands-on, research options, quizzes/tests) – what a great idea! Quality content, Biblical worldview, and user-friendliness all rolled up into one package – what a great idea!

    Obviously, the Student Reader is the heart of the course. Each of the sixteen lessons provides 15-20 pages of reading text, full-color illustrations, photos, sidebar articles, and maps. Lessons are divided into teaching segments which are both highly readable and interesting. The organization lends itself to flexibility, and the course could be done over one year (two weeks per lesson), two years (four weeks per lesson), or even one semester (one week per lesson – a bare bones approach). Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions provided in the glossary at the end of the text. The Reader concludes with a reference list that provides options for further study.

    The accompanying Companion Guide CD-ROM (pdf files) provides both basic and "extra" activities in addition to all content from the Reader. It's these pdf files that will allow you to tailor the course for high school, for junior high, or for a combination of ages. Families may make photocopies or print pages as needed, but classrooms and co-ops should contact the publisher for a multiple-use license. Depending on the course time-frame you choose, you will probably have to do some selection of activities, as there is a wealth provided.

    • • Hands-On Activities – there is lots of variety here – some short and simple, some more involved. Materials lists are provided when necessary (and tend to be easy-to-get items).
    • • Build Your Own Atlas – there's a segment for each lesson that includes labeling outline maps, completing fact files, and creating a set of political, physical, and thematic maps. Outline maps are provided but a good atlas as a reference is helpful (i.e. Wondermaps or Atlas of World Geography).
    • • Note-Taking Pages – each lesson has a set of 10 questions taken from the text that serve as lesson review and a study guide for the quizzes.
    • • Memorization Lists – a list of 198 countries, 70 regions and physical features to learn – roughly 16 items per lesson.
    • • Research Questions – a set of questions for each continent which encourage the student to conduct his own research (answers included).
    • • Quizzes and Tests – quizzes for each lesson (based on note-taking questions and map work). A final exam includes questions taken from all 16 of the lessons (answer keys and grading rubrics included).
    • • Graphic Organizers - can be used for all types of studies – world/continent, country, culture, regional geography, and government fact files.

    Homeschool geography courses have tended to be research frameworks that can be used by multi-age students and over several years. While having lots of advantages for families they require planning, preparation, and, often, outside resources. North Star takes a different approach providing a very solid base of textual information but giving lots of options for additional activities and research. It provides all necessary forms and pages, requiring only a good world atlas to accompany the course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 051260
    ISBN: 9780890516188
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    Instilling a love for science in my children was always a primary goal in our early days of home-schooling. One of my secret tools was always keeping a stack of interesting science reference books available for them to thumb through or to look up a quick question on their own (yes, this was pre-internet!), but I always struggled to find good quality books that did not overwhelm us with evolutionary content and would often lament to my husband, that it would sure be nice to have a Christian alternative to the informative Usborne or DK resource books. I am so excited to share that Master Books and My Father's World have heard the cries of many homeschool families and have joined together to provide quality science reference books that offer beautiful photographs and illustrations without the inundation of evolutionary teaching.

    Beginning with Genesis 1:1, this book introduces the scientific method, real science, fields of science and the reasons to study science and then dives into seven sections covering a wide range of scientific subjects. Section 1: Matters and Chemicals covers atoms, elements, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, melting and boiling, crystals, water, chemical changes, acids and bases and composites. Section 2: Energy, Motion and Machines presents energy, converting energy, the energy of motion, forces and motion, measuring force and motion, gravity, heat and cold, helpful machines, simple machines, machine power, friction and energy and matter. Section 3: Electricity and Magnetism contains electrical energy, static electricity, flowing electricity, electrical circuits, using electricity, magnetism, and magnetism to electricity, electricity to movement, movement to electricity plus more. Section 4: Light and Sound introduces sound waves, using sound, light, reflected and refracted light, using light, laser light and more. Section 5: Earth and Life presents planet earth, inside the earth, the rock cycle, volcanoes and earthquakes, atmosphere, weather and climate, mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, coastlines, seas and oceans, life on earth and the earth in trouble. Section 6: Space and Time explores earth in space, exploring space, earth's orbit, magnetic earth, inner planets, solar wanderers, outer planets, the sun, stars and galaxies, deep space, and the universe.

    The last section provides over sixty projects covering topics in each of the previous six categories. Science projects contain a concise "you will need" list, clear step by step instructions, and colorful accompanying photographs. Each project also contains the reference page for further information and utilizes commonly found items. Glossary and index provide helpful reference material. hc. 247 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 026340
    ISBN: 9780838860434
    Retail: $3.50
    Rainbow Price: $2.45
    It's a spelling dictionary young writers expand upon as they learn new words. The entry for each letter starts off with a list of words and is followed by a number of empty columns (3 pages of columns is the most for any one letter) where students can write other words they want to be able to reference in the future. Columns are also included for listing colors, family, friends, classmates, and pets; and some other lists provided are days of the week, months of the year, contractions, numbers, and ordinals. A Teacher's Guide is also available, which shows teachers or parents how to get the most out of the student book. Detailed teaching suggestions are given, along with ten blackline master activity sheets and a progress tracker to assess the improvement students are making. ~ Zach
  • Item #: 008282
    ISBN: 9780316517300
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.25

    Although people have always regarded Benjamin Franklin as one of the most famous inventors in American history, few people realize that his genius was, in fact, a mouse. Yes, that's right - a mouse named Amos, who found his way to Benjamin Franklin's home one cold night. As one of those closest to Ben, Amos found it necessary to write this (amusing) portrayal of Benjamin Franklin to counter all of the stories written by those who had never even met Ben and certainly never knew that Amos was responsible for a great many of the much esteemed inventions. This classic has been amusing young readers for more than sixty years. 114 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 003370
    ISBN: 9780545703215
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.25

    A popular craft project is now accessible to younger artists! This kit includes everything you need to make several string art pieces. Instead of wood and nails, use the included custom pin-pushing tool to place pins into cardboard backs, then follow the adorable templates to make a variety of shapes. There are 500 pins, 10 colors of string, 6 project boards, background and tracing paper, and a 56 page booklet with all kinds of tips to get you started. I absolutely enjoyed making my scribble star, and I'm sure you'll enjoy crafting a fox, heart, owl, or other design! Finished projects are approximately 4"x5.5" and 4.5"x7". - Laura

  • Item #: 064326
    Retail: $4.49
    Rainbow Price: $3.95

  • Item #: 062381
    ISBN: 9781935273813
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    As parents, we have the tremendous opportunity to share God’s truth and the Gospel with our children! The subtitle for this devotional is Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God. These 78 weeks (a year and a half’s worth!) of in-depth, yet straight forward devotionals require a minimum each day. Organized by week, you’ll find units of 5 daily devotions: days 1-4 chronologically study the Bible. The books focus on key biblical elements that connect the whole message of the Gospel in a concise and manageable way. Day 5 diverges from this pattern to study related writings from the Psalms or prophets. Each weekly unit opens with an object lesson or themed questions. The simple items used for this lesson are listed at the beginning. Day one begins with Picture It, to help introduce the family to the week’s theme. Each day, read the passage from your own Bible, and then Think about It (a brief read-aloud passage to help understand the passage), Talk about It (three group questions with brief answers) and Pray About It (unscripted suggestions for prayer). As you progress through the week, you will be asked to remember previous days’ readings and also to apply them to your lives.

      I so appreciate the succinct treasure this is: theologically rich, yet comprehensible; simple, yet doctrinally sound. Another unique feature is that occasionally children are cued to ask the parents questions. The approach here is that we are all on a spiritual journey to becoming more like Christ (rather than “the parents know it all”). Long Story Short focuses on the Old Testament and highlights key individuals and events from creation through Nehemiah. This book was a 2012 ECPA Christian book award finalist.

    Includes brief instructions for how to use the devotionals with preschool, grade school and older students. Use these excellent devotions to start your homeschool day or study as a family in the evening. By the same author as Gospel Story Bible (#062680). 7.5” x 10.5”, 418 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 044677
    ISBN: 9780977732302
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Mastery of basic math facts is the goal of this 232-page reproducible book. Unlike other books, counting and the tricks taught here are to aid in the memory of the facts, not used as a substitute. You will need a set of math flash cards to implement the program, unless you want to make up your own. You can start at Tier 1 with a beginning student or begin wherever needed with a remedial student or one who already has mastered some of the facts. There are six tiers in the book; beginning with the second, all math facts from previous tiers are reviewed. Each tier section begins with a page of instructions and information for using the worksheets within. For each math "trick," corresponding math fact cards (flashcards) are assigned. Math fact cards should be added to and practiced daily. The tiers are not organized by number sequence (first introducing all +0, then all +1 facts, etc.), but by ease of learning for children. So, in Tier 1, the following "tricks" are presented: Number +1, Doubles (1's, 2's, 5's), Backwards 1; Doubles (1's, 2's, 5's, 3's); Zero; Doubles (1-5); Doubles Subtraction; Right Next to Each Other; Doubles Subtractions; 2 Ladder. In between pages that introduce and model the tricks are review pages, making the program very incremental and "fail-proof". Text is clean, problems nicely spaced, and both horizontal and vertical forms are practiced. A Record-Keeping Checklist allows students to track their progress through the tricks and tiers. The Math Facts Baseline Recorder lists all 81 addition and subtraction facts. As facts are mastered, they are circled on this sheet.

    One of the major selling points of this book for me is that corresponding subtraction facts are introduced right alongside the addition facts, rather than treating the memorization of subtraction facts as a separate skill. In my experience, subtraction and division kind of just come along with memorizing addition and multiplication tables. The other is that it looks like it will accomplish the goal. Too often, kids don't quite master these tables and must resort to counting up, skip counting, using their fingers, or consulting a calculator. This adversely affects their computational speed which will increase their frustration and be a hindrance in timed tests. It's best to "bite the bullet" and commit these to memory. If your child is just starting into math facts, or struggling with them, I highly recommend this volume. Once you finish it, you'll be ready for Five Times Five Is Not Ten by the same author.

  • 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 #: 036559
    ISBN: 9780528015144
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Colorful, appealing, and kid-friendly, the Classroom Atlas from Rand McNally is the next step up from the Junior Classroom Atlas (#007961) with more maps, more detail and more information. The book begins with a section defining map terminology. Next are nine world maps, each with a different emphasis: physical, political, climates, population density, and time zones, to name a few. Following are physical, political, and thematic maps for each continent. Thematic maps might showcase climate, environments, population, economic activities, natural hazards, or transportation. Each continent map section begins with an introduction that provides a historical and geographical overview of the continent, a timeline, and photos of people, places, animals, or landmarks from the continent. Additional maps are provided of the United States, Canada, and Mexico/Middle America. Graphs, charts, and "Did You Know?" fact boxes add visual interest and content. Interesting Top 10 lists (i.e. Largest lakes, longest rivers, most populated countries) are printed in the front and back inside cover. Index included. This is the 13th edition, copyright 2015 and includes North and South Sudan. 208 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa