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  • Item #: 010086
    ISBN: 9780060245863
    Retail: $16.99
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    One of our all-time favorite books (and most requested to be read!) for younger children. The hilarious antics of the mouse and boy as the mouse goes full-circle from cookie to cookie and all thats in between. The tables are turned on the patient little boy as he is exhausted trying to keep up with the needs of the mouse (maybe this helps children understand how parents feel sometimes!). We use the library heavily, but sometimes you meet a book that you just have to keep. This is definitely one of them!

  • Item #: 051048
    ISBN: 9780060266868
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  • Item #: 051190
    ISBN: 9780060244057
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  • Item #: 042432
    ISBN: 9780757001826
    Retail: $13.95
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    So maybe theyll call your child Encyclopedia Smith after you impart all this wonderful knowledge to your young child! This volume of the series focuses on teaching your child encyclopedic knowledge. The prime time to teach children and to get this information to stick is anywhere from birth to age 6, the younger the better (and easier, apparently!). This book introduces you, in the first several chapters, to the methods, reasoning, and success of this type of a teaching/learning environment. The core of this method is exposing your young child to all sorts of things with straightforward pictures and concrete easy-to-understand information. It goes beyond teaching your child This is a horse, and this is a dog to These animals are all horses this is an Arabian, this is a Friesian, this is a Thoroughbred and so on. The main teaching tools are Bits of Intelligence cards, which you can easily create yourself. While preparation may take a bit of time at first, if you keep up it wont get too overwhelming, and the actual teaching sessions are extremely short (approximately 10 seconds). Cards can be in any one of 10 categories: Biology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Mathematics, Human Physiology, General Science, Languages, and Literature, further divided into thousands of possible subcategories such as: Insects, Trees, Presidents of the U.S., Great Scientists, Continents and Oceans, Flags of the World, Musical Notes, Great Composers, Great Artists, Masterpieces of Van Gogh, Parts of a Cell, Bones of the Body, Planets, Inventions, and much, much more. Within each subcategory youll have specific cards with pictures of Grasshoppers, Elm Trees, Bach, The Starry Night, Neptune, etc. Simply introduce the category to your child, quickly show her each picture, and tell her what the picture is. The book recommends showing 10 pictures per session with about one second per picture. You will show the same pictures for about three days, and then retire old cards while adding new cards into the category. After a category is exhausted, simply retire it and start a new category. Later you can pull out the retired categories and further expand on each picture by giving additional information for your child to relate to the picture. Sound like a lot of work? The results will be well worth your efforts! 282 pgs, pb. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 048429
    Retail: $34.95
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    Players get to be fishermen in this game, complete with a bunch of rubbery worms and fish markets waiting to buy your catch. Players use their worms to catch fish from the ocean and have three things they can do with the fish: put it in one of their boats, throw it back, or sell it to the appropriate market. Each fish is also capable of granting a wish. So what do you do with your fish? Placing it in your boat means that you can not use the wish, but can save the fish for a time when the market will give the best price. Throwing the fish back is the only way to use the wish, which is pictured on the card. There are many kinds of wishes: bonus money, spoilage, extra boats, special fish sales, or moving one of the buyers to a different market. When fishing, players can see the available wishes and choose strategically. Players can also sell a fish right away. There are 7 markets that will always buy a fish for $2, though the markets which have one or more of the buyers mentioned above increase your profit - so keep track of them. Players with the majority of fish in a market that becomes full will score even more bonus money. Players keep track of their money on the outside of the board; the player with the most money at the end wins. 2-5 players, with game duration of about 40 minutes.

  • Item #: 046331
    ISBN: 9781932662306
    Retail: $16.95
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    Just the thought of writing an SAT essay make you go cold all over? No worries! This book will warm you up and get the juices flowing. By taking the experience apart piece by piece, giving you strategies for conquering each, and the opportunity to practice, you will begin to feel empowered – or, at least like you can get through the experience without a meltdown. Each section provides helpful insight into the whole process from how scores are computed (and examples of each) to the writing process (brainstorm, outline, providing support, and polish) to avoiding grammar and punctuation pitfalls to managing your time. And, if you’ve been procrastinating on your training experience, there’s even sections on how to effectively cram (e.g. in a week; in 24 hours – yikes!). As always, practice is the biggest worry-soother and the book provides three complete practice tests with analytical (i.e. very helpful) answers.

  • Item #: 003584
    ISBN: 9781887823388
    Retail: $22.95
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    For People Who Cant Even Draw a Straight Line, No Talent Required - hey, this woman knows me! From Sandra Angelo (Discover Art), comes this easy self study guide and workbook that, using a simple, four-step drawing system, transforms your skills from barely beginner to accomplished artist in a few easy lessons. I like the directions to begin at the beginning and work your way through the book sequentially, nice and simple. Its full of irreverent pearls of wisdom, like The race goes not to the hare but the tortoise and those who dont give up succeed, and (my personal favorite), Talent is REALLY not necessary. Sandra gives us a short introduction that would give hope to even the most drawing-challenged person. If you draw for 45 minutes to one hour per day, you can finish this book in 60-90 days (if youre in a hurry to improve). Otherwise, plan on spending longer relative to the amount of time per day you can allocate to drawing. Next, a materials section acquaints us with the tools of the trade - some basic equipment we need to gather before jumping in. Then on to the instruction. Some of this book is reminiscent of the Draw Today program, especially the use of grids for beginning artists. As promised, the instruction is super-easy to follow and all the work can be done right in the book. Instruction progresses logically from seeing and drawing shapes, to lines, to shading, creating texture, gradation, hatching, and plenty of good practice in a lengthy additional exercise section. The methods and exercises look great, and, if I didnt have a lot to do..... But, someday, Ill actually have some time each day to use this! In the meantime, Im hoping many aspiring artists out there will benefit from Sandras instruction. 150 pgs. in all, with 130 black-and white photos and 25 line drawings - including plenty of before and after testimonials to show this method really works.

  • Item #: 048352
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    Basic and easy to learn, this can be an exciting game for children of many ages. You dont need to have any spelling skills - you simply have to match the letters on the dice and the cards. Word cards are lined up between the players or teams. The letter dice are rolled and if you have a die that matches a letter on your side of one of the cards, you fill that spot with the die. Players who complete a word get to keep the card and all the dice - which gives them more letter options on their next roll. The first player to win 7 cards wins the game. The game comes packaged in a plastic bee for handy storage and portability

  • Item #: 010791
    ISBN: 9781580174930
    Retail: $18.95
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    Learn to slow down and enjoy life as you observe and reflect upon the world around you. In Part One of this book, you will learn what it means to keep a nature journal, how to start exploring, and how to express your thoughts using the written word and drawings. If youre not a great artist, dont panic! This book will help you lay aside your fears as it encourages you to improve your skills through practice.

    Part Two of this manual focuses on the ongoing journal, providing ideas to keep your journal active throughout the changing seasons. Centering a portion of your seasonal observations on a stationary object or place such as the tree across the street, an easily observed park or street corner, or even the moon will lend a sense of continuity to your entries.

    The final section is entitled Learning and Teaching Nature Journaling. This segment consists of a number of exercises to help the reader gain confidence with basic drawing skills including contour, capturing basic shapes, foreshortening, perspective, and shading. The author has also provided helpful tips to simplify drawing flowers, landscapes, weather, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and other objects which may prove difficult to capture on paper.

    The last few chapters of this section are devoted to the idea of teaching the art of nature journaling to people of all ages, and adapting nature journaling to a group activity. This portion stresses the role of the teacher in creating learning situations that stimulate learners to begin writing or drawing in a journal.

    The book has just a bit of evolutionary content in it, but nothing that cant be avoided. A helpful appendix at the back of the book gives suggested reading, additional resources, and a suggested scale for teachers to assess nature journaling skills. Complete index. - Rachel

  • Item #: 040078
    ISBN: 9781887436052
    Retail: $10.99
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    If you are looking to create quite a few diorama projects and could use a little more guidance and help, the Scene-A-Rama Project Book has a lot to offer. In 82 pages it offers basic project guidelines; introduces the Project Bases; offers project ideas in the areas of science, nature, history, design, physics, literature, and arts and crafts; gives step-by-step instructions for different building techniques; and introduces the whole Scene-A-Rama line. The book is filled throughout with photos of projects and step-by-step how-tos. If youre looking for more ideas, youre sure to find them here!

  • Item #: 042809
    ISBN: 9780761175438
    Retail: $13.99
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    Time to get up! I yawn, stretch, rub my eyesand look at my Google-a-Day desk calendar. Todays question: If you were in the basin of the Somme River at summers end in 1918, what language would you have had to speak to understand coded British communications? Dont know the answer? Time to do a quick internet search! Its amazing all the little tidbits that can be learned from this calendar every day has a different question to spark a journey of online discovery to find the answer. Of course, you could always cheat and look at the back of each page, but thats no fun, right? Each day has its own page, except for Saturdays and Sundays, which are lumped together for the weekend (each still gets its own question, though). So, have you figured out the answer to the question above? Ill give you a hint Google is your friend. Chad
  • Item #: 017139
    Retail: $29.95
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    Raising frogs from tadpoles sounds like a fun and educational experience, but if you don't have the time or desire to collect your own and make them a home, consider this kit. The kit was changed for 2015 and now includes a packet with tadpole food, nutri-sand and a postcard to request your tadpole and its new larger habitat. When you receive the packet from us, use the postcard to order the tadpole and its habitat from the supplier (no additional postage is necessary; please note that tadpoles may not be able to be shipped at certain times of the year, due to low temperatures). The tadpoles are somewhat transparent so you can see into their bodies and even watch their heart beat. In 6-8 weeks the tadpole undergoes metamorphosis into an adult frog. The habitat and supplies provide the right balance of algae and other microorganisms to keep the frog healthy. Food is also included with a serving spoon to nourish all the way through metamorphosis. A Fun & Fact handbook gives detailed instructions, shares interesting facts about your new pet, and answers common questions. Once the frog has developed, you can send in for "stage two food" and a larger habitat if you wish. Frogs have an average life span of five years. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 033117
    ISBN: 9781420631388
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    If you have a child who really gets into the books he (or she) reads, this book will probably give him enough ideas to keep him occupied for hours even after the story ends. It boasts 101 creative ideas for book related projects. Some of these activities include having a character dress-up party, making a diorama based on a scene from your favorite book, designing a travel brochure for one of the places in the setting of a book (this would be a fun one for the Phantom Tollbooth!), researching the life of one of your favorite authors, painting a mural, designing a book jacket, interviewing a character, writing a sequel, and hosting a game show (based on books, of course!). Each idea is given on a separate page, so they are explained pretty thoroughly rather than being simple one-sentence quickies. You can incorporate these projects into your schooling and let students work individually or in teams, or just save this for rainy days when theres "nothing to do." With so many fun, diverse activities, its bound to come in handy sometime. 112 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 031116
    ISBN: 9780929895048
    Retail: $17.95
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    You know an approach to grammar is different when students and teachers are giggling. Indeed, Jane Kiesters 10-step approach to teaching grammar is rather amusing, with the bonus of being extremely effective, which certainly sets it apart from many other grammar books! How does Jane keep her classes giggling through grammar? The Caughtya. In essence, the Caughtya is one or two sentences of a continuous, humorous story, filled with grammar errors that the teacher wants to eliminate. In this book, Jane walks you through how the Caughtya works and exactly how to integrate this approach in your own classroom. She starts by inviting you into her classroom to see how she uses the Caughtya and then breaks down the process into ten easy steps. Ten steps may sound intimidating, but each one is a very small piece and the entire task only takes 5-10 minutes a day. In short, the ten steps consist of composing the daily Caughtya sentence by deciding on a plot, the skills and a vocabulary word to address that day, writing the sentence down incorrectly on the board and critiquing students as they copy the Caughtya on their own paper correctly, and concluding by checking the sentence together with the whole class, then having the students mark their mistakes, count up their own errors, and turn in their work. The complete, detailed explanations of each step are found in chapter 2. The third chapter focuses on how to evaluate the Caughtya, with thorough directions on checking and grading the content as well as the format, using real students Caughtyas as examples. Chapter 4 goes beyond the basics and describes how to use Caughtyas as a tool to teach other grammar skills such as spelling, diagramming sentences, and writing, among other tips. This chapter also holds sample spelling practices and Caughtya grammar tests with answer keys. Assuming that many teachers may find the idea of creating their own funny story plot and outline a bit daunting, Jane includes six sample story ideas in chapter 5, two each for elementary, middle, and high school classes, tried and very successful in classrooms. These suggestions serve as a plot for you to flesh out through your daily Caughtya sentences, each one offering a tidbit of the funny tale to anticipating students. If the task of writing your own sentences based on a given outline still sounds too hard, then youll appreciate chapters 6-8, which each hold 100 daily Caughtya sentences for your use until you are comfortable writing them yourself. Each of these chapters holds sentences for one of the sample stories from each grade level and gives you the passage written incorrectly and correctly, with the skills covered and vocabulary word. With her helpful, personal writing style, Jane Keister leaves you encouraged and fully prepared to catch your own giggling grammar students. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 031476
    ISBN: 9781579547158
    Retail: $16.99
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    Although millions of people have followed Jorge Cruises 8 Minutes in the Morning program and have achieved terrific results, people have continually asked him for advice on targeting a "problem" area - their belly. Seeing the need for a workout program similar to his others that focuses particularly on the abdominals, Jorge has put together this program, testing it on hundreds of his clients and listened to their feedback. Like his other programs, this one emphasizes healthy eating and a positive mindset in addition to regular exercising. If youre not familiar at all with the regular 8 Minutes in the Morning program, dont worry - you dont need to know anything else besides whats in this book to tone your tummy. The first part of the book discusses belly fat, its dangers, and explains how the program will shed belly fat. Theres also a lot of motivational encouragement and advice on how to stick with the program and a sensible diet. Part two introduces the moves used in the program, discusses the structure and position of the abdominal muscles, and explains exactly how the exercises featured in the program build muscle and fight fat. Jorge also discusses diet in this section and offers plenty of advice on how to eat more healthily, how to avoid fat traps, how to distinguish between eating for hunger and eating for emotional fulfillment. Suggested meals and foods are also discussed. The third part of the book contains the workout program itself. It includes three different levels of 8-minute workouts, one for each day of the week and some suggested activities for the weekend as well. The first level is the easiest and lowest-impact, and is designed for individuals who rarely, if ever, have worked their abdominal muscles. The exercises in Level 2 and Level 3 increase in intensity and difficulty. The abdominals are worked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (to give them a rest between workouts), while Tuesday and Thursday workouts focus on the upper and lower body. There are four exercises given for each day. Each exercise should be done for one minute, and then each one repeated again for a total of 8 minutes. Warm-up and cool-down exercises are also suggested - but the entire workout shouldnt take more than ten minutes. By the way, if you hate crunches, dont worry - there are absolutely no crunches here. Jorge suggests following each levels program for 3 weeks, and then moving on to the next level. If you follow the program regularly and eat reasonably, he guarantees that you will be able to lose up to 6 inches in the first four weeks of the program. All in all, there are no hidden tricks or time-consuming requirements here. His program is based on solid research, and common sense. Its also obvious from the tone of his books that Jorge wants people to succeed, and he offers a lot of encouragement and motivation along the way. Hey, I dont know about you, but my abs have been a "poochy" spot for me since I was little - I think Im going to get my own copy of this one! - Jess

  • Item #: 031576
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    In the same spirit as Get a Grip, Lentil Science takes hands-on lentil play, and applies it to science, math, social studies, language and art. After perusing the books and kits, I have to agree that this is almost like less messy, more educational sandbox play, and is sure to give kids a solid understanding of comparison, volume, numbers/amount, planning and layout, sorting, graphing, problem-solving and more. Actually, its almost like a hands-on, open-ended critical thinking program! The components of the kit are similar to that used in Get a Grip but allow for more experimentation and, include: a seamless job box, assorted plastic vials cut to particular sizes, baby food jars of different sizes, sifting screens, a bottle connector, magnets, bottle caps, BBs, craft sticks, and a scoop. The book contains all teacher information, instructions, and reproducible student materials/task cards. The book is designed for Lentil Science to be used as a sort of center activity, where the lentil workstation would be set up somewhere in the classroom, and students would take turns playing with it. Because of this, the student portion of the activity book is formatted as activity cards, and are found at the bottom of the pages, with corresponding teacher information at the top. The student task cards contain little text, instead utilizing illustrations to show the equipment and procedure. The teacher information includes an objective, introduction to the lesson, and questions intended to guide the activity. The primary book contains seven chapters labeled pour, search, compare, design, measure, divide, and calibrate. The first chapter primarily encourages children to play with the lentils, to observe them, and to draw containers when theyre full, half full, etc. Other chapters focus on sorting activities where students must separate another small object from the lentils; volume and amount activities similar to those in Get a Grip; artistic activities where students use lentils as a medium to create shapes and 3-D landscapes; measuring activities and determining equal volumes; division activities where a volume of lentils should be equally divided into other volumes, and calibration activities where students use division of lentils to calibrate other containers to a specific volume.

    Intermediate lentil activities are more advanced, with seven chapters focusing on comparison, searching, measuring, designing, dividing, calibrating, and estimating. The students jump right into volume puzzles similar to Get a Grip activities, and from that point, complete lentil activities similar those in Primary Lentil Science, but more involved, more complicated in procedure and incorporating content from other subjects. Instead of simply creating a lentil landscape, theyll lay out a city in a grid pattern, and add street names, landscape props, and more. The Intermediate kit is nearly the same also, including only an additional test tube and a counting grid. If you plan on using both the Primary and Intermediate books, you may want to consider the Combo kit, which includes both books and a combined kit.

  • Item #: 035878
    Retail: $129.95
    Rainbow Price: $97.00

    When I wanted my daughters to learn to sew, I didnt trust my own knowledge of how to do it right and arranged for them to have private lessons. It was great! But expensive. This one-semester course would have been much better, I think. All you need to go from complete beginner to knowing you have the ability to tackle any basic pattern is right here. Well-done video instruction (the presenter has a pleasant voice and manners) allows you to repeat any part if you didnt quite get it or need to review later. A complete course manual parallels all video class material as well as provides additional content (like a fabric chart) and illustrations. Patterns for both adult sizes as well as child (pre-teen) sizes of a classic A-line dress (or nightgown) are provided for the final project. [Patterns are PDF files for you to print. Patterns will need to be taped together (adult sizes will have lots of taping) but the patterns are very sturdy and can be used repeatedly without the frustration of ripped tissue.] Like I said, its all here. And its non-consumable you can use it for multiple children at one time or sequentially.

    The 65 video lessons (5-6 per week) are 5-10 minutes each and include sewing machine fundamentals (i.e. threading properly, getting the correct thread tension, choosing the right stitch), different fabric types and personalities, coordinating colors, how to read a standard pattern, how to measure your body correctly, and how to sew using a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. Assignments are given via the video and the student is expected to do additional reading in the manual. With many lessons the student is encouraged to make journal entries as well as a sample to put in a binder thus creating a class record and providing the basis for assessment (if you wish). Although instruction is simple and very understandable, its also quite comprehensive and everything you would expect from a beginners course including linings/interfacing, casings/hems, gathering, sleeves, buttonholes, buttons, and zippers. It all comes together in the final project that could be a matching mother/daughter dress if you preferred. Several field trips (such as to a local fabric store) are encouraged.

    The binder/manual has sleeves for the DVDs, an extensive class syllabus that gives the topic, skill, classwork, and homework or follow-up for each class as well as a materials list. Periodic skills assessments involve sewing projects pin cushion, simple apron, and simple skirt. All of this leads up to the final project a classic A-line dress (or nightgown, if you prefer). Machine sewing skills are emphasized so a well-running basic sewing machine is necessary. Five DVDs provide the lessons and a sixth CD-ROM provides the pdf pattern files (patterns include child sizes plus adult sizes). The 189-page binder manual includes a thorough glossary of sewing terms as well as the detailed information that parallels the videos. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 024559
    ISBN: 9780988366251
    Retail: $6.95
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    Youre going camping, and for the first time ever, your parents are letting you and your friends have a campsite of your own! Of course, with the privilege comes responsibility and choices. Everything goes smoothly until you wake up one night to find the forest on fire just a few feet away from your tent. What will you do? Its up to you! The format of Campfire Crisis is a little different from other choose-your-own-path books. Instead of giving you multiple choices and allowing them to play out, youre given two choices: one right, one wrong. If you choose the wrong one, youre gently redirected right away to choose the right one. An excellent way to learn about safe camping and survival techniques. Black & white illustrations. 80 pgs, pb. Chad
  • Item #: 035473
    ISBN: 9781843405542
    Retail: $19.95
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    Back in the good ole days I took an eighth grade Home Economics class that included a semester of sewing and a semester of foods. What we covered in that semester of sewing is neatly summed up and presented in this well-illustrated manual. The descriptions of various machines ranging from old manuals to computerized, embroidery, and sergers include a things to consider section which gives you pointers on what to look for if you are purchasing a used machine as well as suggestions for finding the right machine for you (or your student). The basics of using your sewing machine are covered needles & threading, presser feet, thread tension, etc. as well as the basics of fabric types and getting started. The rest of this manual covers all the basic types of sewing skills seams, hems, zippers, buttonholes, gathers, tucks, pleats, and binding. A section on decorative techniques concludes this Sewing 101 presentation. An excellent introduction that will take your student to the next level of sewing expertise. 144 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 022402
    ISBN: 9780984549665
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.00

    While many believe that print media is a dying medium, the skills of collecting data, reporting on events, and writing articles in a straightforward way are still valuable in todays society. If you have students interested in print journalism or just want to expose them to this specific form of writing, this worktext from Institute for Excellence in Writing does a thorough job of presenting the basics and providing instruction. It focuses specifically on print media, and while it touches on blogs, magazines, etc., it really is concerned mostly with newspapers. Teacher instruction is minimal as the book is written directly to the student and leads into assignments during explanations of different aspects. The book gives a very brief history of journalism and then gets right into giving tips and practice for writing. Students will build background skills like knowing their audience, generating and narrowing ideas, investigating and interviewing, and more. An Associated Press Style Guide is recommended so students can use the proper style and learn how to quote properly and avoid plagiarism. Once students get an idea of the basic skills they need, they learn about the different types of stories, like news, features, and opinions, and the formats they are written in. Tips on drafting, editing, quoting, etc. are all included so writers learn how to write seamless stories using the format and style thats most acceptable in professional journalism. After each chapter are review questions that will make sure students understand the finer points, and of course additional writing assignments throughout the chapters give students hands-on experience at writing articles. Unlike my journalism classes in college, this book admits that the way a person reports on events depends a lot on their worldview. It discusses relativism and theism and gives examples of how a story can be different when told using these conflicting views. It shows how to truly keep your worldview out when reporting the facts, but how writers can apply their worldview in different writings like opinion pieces. Instruction is also given on how to find a market for your work and writing query letters, as well as the physical aspects of a newspaper, like how to do layout and design to pull an entire newspaper together. With good basic instruction and plenty of examples and prompts for students to write, this program is perfect for practicing writing skills and learning what the wonderful world of journalism is all about. Answer key included, reproducible, 148 pgs, spiral-bound, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 034168
    ISBN: 9781579908591
    Retail: $9.95
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    The title of this book describes the contents pretty well - its basically a list of activities that every kid should do before theyre twelve years old. A wide range of ideas is given and kids will certainly be well-rounded if they complete them all. For the most part, the activities are all simple things kids can do at home without much help from parents. A few of them would require a road trip or parental guidance, but for the most part, theyre just good ideas kids can do whenever theyre bored. For each idea, the book lists resources you can use and tips for getting the most out of the experience. Ideas include things like: celebrate a holiday you dont usually celebrate, sleep under the stars, go to a powwow, walk a swinging bridge, catch a train, read a classic, make a time capsule, play in the mud, plan a dream trip, give your room a makeover, plant something and watch it grow, enter a competition, make a movie or put on a show, swim with dolphins, fly a kite, interview an elder, and teach a little kid something you know. Full-color photographs are included to illustrate each activity and fun facts about many of the activities are included. Also included in the book are more than 150 colorful stickers saying things like Loved It!, Ho Hum, Mission Accomplished, Way Weird, and Top 20! Once kids have finished an activity in the book, they can put a sticker on that page to keep track of which activities they have completed and how much they enjoyed them. With many educational and fun activity ideas included, this book is sure to take away boredom and give children something worthwhile to do. 144 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 044932
    ISBN: 9781602680111
    Retail: $13.99
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    Or, in home school language: a literature-based unit study. This one uses some of my very favorite childrens picture books (see list below). For each of the 18 books, theres a story summary and a before the story, during the story and after the story suggestion. A helpful shaded box points out themes, skills, vocabulary, and related books. This is followed by connections to curriculum areas including: language arts, math, science, problem-solving and social skills, fine motor, gross motor, visual discrimination, art, and creative dramatics. Reproducible activity pages are provided for some of these. This is great for preschool, as you can center one or several days around these books, themes and activities even an entire week if you integrate the related literature selections. As an example, for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, emphasized themes are: being a good host, patience, real and fantasy. Skills focused on are making predictions, alphabet, counting, biology, and manners. Special vocabulary is carried away, comfortable, finished, mustache, remind. Related books include If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Before reading the book, you ask your child to predict what might happen if they gave a mouse a cookie and relate that to what they do when they get a cookie. During the story, you take advantage of the many cliffhangers in the book, allowing children to guess at the sentence endings before turning the page. After the story, the author suggests additional readings (this is because children have such fun with the outlandish turns of events most stories have other activities in this section). There are two Language Arts Connections; one is playing with magnetic letters on a cookie sheet (related to the drawn red letters and cookies on the book cover); the other is to make alphabet cookies (sounds yummy!). For a math activity, theres a reproducible page for children to match the chocolate chip cookies with the same number of chips. Science Connections have you researching what mice really eat. If you have access to a mouse, the book suggests experimenting with various foods. If not, youll have to settle for using another book, using the internet, or visiting a pet store. In Problem-Solving and Social Skills Connections, children practice being good hosts or hostesses. You can play the mouse and let your child entertain you (tea party, anyone)? Then, as the mouse does in the story, children practice fine motor skills by drawing pictures of a scene from the book or of their family as the mouse does. Children practice writing their names (using tracing paper), tape it to the artwork, and then to the refrigerator, just like mouse. For Gross Motor Connections, you again mimic the mouse, this time in sweeping and cleaning (remember, the mouse got carried away and swept the entire house!). The book suggests supplementing with a little house-sweeping music of your choice. In Art Connections, children construct Barbershop Portraits as you reread the book, paying special attention to the part where mouse trims his hair. Children paste long strands of yarn to self-portraits for hair (deliberately making the hair in need of a trim). After the glue dries, children use safety scissors to cut their hair to a desired length. In Creative Dramatics Connections children practice proper mealtime manners. After rereading the section of the book where mouse asks for a straw and a napkin with his cookie snack, you provide yourself and your child(ren) with paper plates, empty cups and straws, and napkins. Then you pretend to be a group of mice, eating cookies and drinking milk, demonstrating how to eat a cookie over your plate, use your napkin and drink properly with a straw. If children do well, follow through with real cookies and milk then show children how to clean up after the meal. A final reproducible page has children color the pictures that show how someone in the family takes care of them (also great as a discussion starter).

  • Item #: 013215
    ISBN: 9781438075266
    Retail: $16.99
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    Five words a day, 4 days a week, for 52 weeks (plus three bonus weeks!) sound good to you? If you have a high school student in need of vocabulary prep for SAT, ACT, PARCC or other tests, or even a college student who needs to build their vocabulary, here is an effective system that will not add too much to their heavy course load. Based on the best-selling book by the same title, the convenient flashcard format could not be simpler. Double-sided, numbered flashcards (3.75x2.5) come in a nice storage box and are hole-punched to keep them on the included book ring. Definitions are on the back. Sample words include: indiscriminate, replete, automaton, paradox, tinge, interminable, & vigilant. Use your 5th day to review your weekly words. You could use these with your younger high school students and perhaps do 10 words a week instead of 20. Give them bonus points for using the words in their writing! ~ Sara

  • Item #: 057487
    ISBN: 9781411497467
    Retail: $9.95
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    (description by publisher) Let's face it. Hearing people talk about Shakespeare can be pretty annoying. Particularly if you feel like you don't understand him. When people talk about which of Shakespeare's plays they like best, or what they thought of so-and-so's performance, they often treat Shakespeare like membership in some exclusive club. If you don't "get" him, if you don't go to see his plays, you're not truly educated or literate. You might be tempted to ask whether the millions of people who say they love Shakespeare actually know what they're talking about, or are they just sheep? No Fear Shakespeare: A Companion gives you the straight scoop on everything you really need to know about Shakespeare, including: What's so great about Shakespeare? How did Shakespeare get so smart? Five mysteries of Shakespeare's life and why they matter. Did someone else write Shakespeare's plays? Where did Shakespeare get his ideas? Shakespeare's world. Shakespeare's theater. Shakespeare's language. The five greatest Shakespeare Characters

  • Item #: 029958
    ISBN: 9781579547141
    Retail: $16.99
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    After writing 8 Minutes in the Morning, Jorge Cruise was inundated with feedback from men and women all over the country sharing their successes and stories, and thanking him for putting together a program that was so effective in such a minimal amount of time each day. However, he also began to receive letters from individuals that tended to be more than thirty pounds overweight and had trouble doing some of the exercises and moves in 8 Minutes in the Morning. In fact, he realized that many of these exercises included in 8 Minutes in the Morning were too painful or stressful for more overweight people to comfortably handle, and that the program was really not designed to shed larger amounts of weight rapidly. Thus, he went to work on a program specifically for this audience, to help them learn to accept their healthy, normal body type, to learn to eat healthily, stop eating for emotional gratification, to exercise without pain, to lean on others for support, and as a result, to lose thirty pounds or more, consistently dropping up to two pounds a week. Often those who are trapped in the "busy" cycle and who have put on a bit of weight get easily discouraged thinking about all the underfed and anorexic models and actresses they are surrounded with. This discouragement creates a vicious cycle as women, particularly, are drawn back to food for comfort. Because of this obstacle, the first several chapters are devoted to getting you off to the right mental start, to motivate and inspire you to decide to make the changes and stick with it for the right reasons.

    Like his first book, the next two sections are devoted to getting you off to the right start by eating right and exercising. Jorge addresses healthy rules for eating, offers some sample menus, as well as strategies for making healthy eating changes. For the exercise segment, he has tried and tested hundreds of moves all with people wanting to lose thirty pounds or more and has used all their feedback to create a strength-training program that works, doesn't feel uncomfortable, and requires no special equipment, aerobics, or difficult moves. By using strength training to build lean muscle, we are recharging our metabolisms, gaining the ability to burn more fat. Each day of each week, different moves are used, giving a total-body workout that works all the muscle groups. And, of course, they only take eight minutes a day to complete. All exercise moves are accompanied by photographs and clear directions on how to do them, and a suggested 8-minute program of exercises is included for 28 days. After that, you can repeat the cycle, or mix it up a bit if you like. The program also includes a journaling segment, like his first book, which adds a written dimension to your workout resolution, and reminds you constantly of why you are doing this for yourself. Along the way, we are introduced to multitudes of people who have lost thirty to seventy-five pounds on his plan and their inspiring stories. With the same winning combination of dietary, exercise and attitude advice from the original 8 Minutes in the Morning, this program offers a lot in a small amount of time for everyone who would like to lose thirty pounds or more. - Jess

  • Item #: 057181
    ISBN: 9781576858998
    Retail: $18.00
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    Its often been said that the single most important skill for test-taking success is good reading comprehension. I totally agree. Even math section scores will be higher if the student reads carefully. Providing a pretest and posttest, along with in-depth instructional sequences, this book will positively impact reading comprehension skills. The pretest is unusual in its length, with excerpts from eight different types of writing and detailed answer explanations that provide great help in understanding why you missed a question. The twenty lessons are organized into four units building a strong foundation, structure, language/style, and reading between the lines. Introductory information at the beginning gives specific suggestions for becoming an active reader skimming ahead/jumping back, marking up the text, highlighting or underlining, circling unfamiliar words, making notes in the margins, and making observations. Lessons are detailed and varied. For instance, lesson 4 on the difference between fact and opinion includes a lesson summary, a page of detailed instructional material, and three practice exercises, two of which include a passage and questions (with answers) and a third which actually allows you to manipulate sentences back and forth between fact and opinion. Another type of lesson, such as lesson 14 on tone, starts with a lesson summary then walks the student through different examples of how tone influences meaning and exercises on analyzing tone from several examples. The concluding posttest utilizes the same methodology as the pretest excerpts from different types of writing and detailed explanations of answers. A ten page study skills section in the appendix provides excellent suggestions and effective tips. If you feel like youre just getting started when you come to the end of the book, theres a code in the book that gives you access to additional reading comprehension practice with immediate scoring, detailed answer explanations, and personalized recommendations for further practice and study. This seems an excellent resource for solid high school level reading comprehension skill-building which, of course, is excellent preparation for standardized and college entrance testing. 214 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000618
    ISBN: 9780816076659
    Retail: $16.95
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    Let’s face it. We aren’t all born with a burning desire to be a doctor, scientist or archaeologist. Most of us don’t really know exactly what we want to do, we just know that we don’t want to end up in a dead-end job that we hate. Maybe you’re even like me and have so many interests that it’s hard to focus on just one. Enter College Majors and Careers. This book lists a wide variety of careers, including some of the more unique ones, and explains what you need to study in college to get there. The occupations are catalogued by general interest, or college major, then followed by a brief description of the topic. Underneath this is a list of high school courses you might take to prepare for the field and a list of related occupations in that field, followed by an abbreviation which tells you the minimum level of education required for the job. The book then suggests some activities related to your interest to pursue in your spare time to help you know if this is what you want to do. Next are listed some skills related to your interest, then personal attributes and values that are usually associated with that area of interest. Finally, sources for collecting more information are listed, both books and organizations. Is this too hard to picture? How’s this for an example. Say you’re interested in Botany. After defining what botany is, it gives a long list of related occupations (31, to be exact) including biochemist, ecologist, forester, phycologist, seed analyst, wood technologist, and many more (in case you don’t know exactly what a phycologist does, the definition is in the glossary). Then it suggests activities such as: visiting nature centers, gardens, and floral shops, collecting leaves, raising houseplants, doing some floral design, working part-time in a park or a greenhouse, doing nature studies, and reading about plants. Under the next heading, Skills, it suggests that you should be a good observer, be able to conduct and explain scientific research well, that you be able to concentrate and collect data proficiently, that you be accurate, etc. Next it lists aesthetic awareness, patience, thoroughness, appreciation for nature, curiosity and more as attributes that help if you are interested in botany. Books and organizations are also listed to help you find a wider range of information than what is included here. But that’s not all. At the end of the book are career-related questions and answers and definitions of occupations, values, and personal attributes.

    I have found this book extremely helpful, with good coverage of a broad range of interests, educational requirements, and a wealth of other useful information for career planning. - Jess

  • Item #: 046959
    Retail: $23.99
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    Hop, skip, and flip (cards), building nutrition and fitness skills as you play! This bright, colorful game includes six large illustrated game cards, 110 illustrated food cards, 50 illustrated exercise cards, two double-sided spinners, and two dice. Two games are outlined in the instructions one for food group recognition, and one for meal completion. In the food group game, players try to collect one exercise card and a food card from each group. In the meal completion game, players must collect a specific number of food cards as shown on the game board. In both games, players take a board, and on their turn they spin the spinner to collect a food card or an exercise card. If players gather food cards, they match the color on the back of the card to the colored space on their board, and place it there (card back colors correspond to the colors in the Food Pyramid for advanced play, use the food cards faceup!). If players spin Exercise or All Exercise they draw an exercise card, roll the die, and then the player (or everyone) does the exercise shown on the card as many times as the number rolled on the die. Other spinner areas ask players to give away cards, take another players card, or choose any card. The food and exercise card could also be used for other games, especially as there are multiples of many of these cards. Jess

  • Item #: 058624
    ISBN: 9781937645076
    Retail: $19.95
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    There are a number of important inclusions for a book that claims to be a guide to home school teaching methods. Fortunately, this one delivers. In a lively, conversational tone, the author considers reasons for homeschooling, different homeschooling methods, family and individual factors such as personality and learning styles, schedules, and putting it all together into a workable plan. Peppered with experiences from her own family and many others she interviewed, the result is an enjoyable read, a practical how-to handbook, and an inspirational and motivational journey into the depths of homeschooling.

    Dont think that Ms. King-Christison has produced a book just like all the others, though. She goes places others have not. For instance, while Waldorf and Montessori education are sometimes mentioned in terms of homeschooling, this book gives a thorough examination of these two methodologies and even contrasts them. When covering learning styles, she also delves into multiple intelligences and shows their relationship to homeschooling. While recognizing the existence of faith-based reasons for homeschooling, she maintains that homeschooling is more about promoting core values alongside the other reasons (avoiding standardized education, providing a challenging and dynamic environment, and managing special needs and developmental issues). And, for the record, the author does make reference to her faith and to the faith-based orientation of some homeschooling approaches, but these references are not exclusively Christian.

    The authors assessment of educational methods and approaches is one of the most succinct, yet information-full that Ive seen. For each method and she covers Montessori, Waldorf, Trivium, Charlotte Mason, and Unschooling in depth she looks at its history (how it came to be), guiding principles (the heart and soul of a method), defining characteristics (tell-tale signs), what the critics say (and why you should listen), the homeschool spin (how it might look in your home), activities (tips to try and home), and ideal for(families that are a best match). Her thorough coverage provides some valuable angles of perspective.

    Resources include booklists, online resources, and a whole collection of planning worksheets that you can either reproduce from the reduced copies in the book or download printable pdf versions of from the publishers website.

    This book will get you started well in homeschooling or give you a shot in the arm if youre a bogged-down veteran. Pick it up and take a look. Youll be glad you did. 297 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 027133
    ISBN: 9780981477312
    Retail: $10.00
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    Every state differs in its requirements for drivers under 18, and whether your children are taking drivers education in a school or at home, chances are they need to log in quite a few hours of driving time with you before they can attain a license. The author of this book has spent years educating parents and teens about drivers education and understands that classes taken in a public school system or private drivers school are too often incomplete and "skimpy" and that the best method for keeping your son or daughter safe on the road is the complete attention and instruction that comes from the person most concerned about them - you. The lessons are split up into sections geared towards both the parents and the teens. The parents section is devoted to imparting the vital information they will need to make sure to pass on to their teens every lesson, and how to teach some of the concepts while the teens section is geared more to them, and emphasizes important driving themes. In general, the parents section tends to include more details and history, as well as a list of many things they will need to watch for and keep track of during the lessons, while the teens section is more highly readable, simplified, and tends to focus more on certain concepts. After the section on getting started and the first day of driving instruction, the chapters launch into "10 Steps of Basic Skills". In these ten lessons, important themes such as basic moves, stop and go driving, night driving, getting up to highway speeds, bad weather, heavy traffic and more are covered. Following these basic and information-packed lessons, the final chapter is devoted to attaining the license, and also contains information on giving the teen "post-license check-ups" to keep posted on their driving skills, encouragement for parents to still be able to say "no" if they have doubts about their teens driving ability or purpose, and helps on how to pick out the right car for their teen driver, if that is a future possibility. Other helpful information, as well as a 10-page driving log for recording all their hours behind the wheel are included at the end. Spiral-bound, and about the size of your average car owners manual in page size, the lessons are easy to carry with you whether in the house or on the road. - Jess

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