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  • Item #: 017728
    ISBN: 9780590451604
    Retail: $6.99
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  • Item #: MP1SSE
    Retail: $377.37
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    This package contains the same books as Memoria Press' First Grade Supplemental Science and Enrichment Complete set with one exception: we have substituted Penguins! National Geographic Reader Level 2 in place of Penguins Are Cool – American Museum of Natural History reader, which is out of print. Please see below for complete set contents.

     

  • Item #: MP1SSC
    Retail: $250.00
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    This package contains the same books as Memoria Press' First Grade Continuing Supplemental Science & Enrichment set with one exception: theirs includes Penguins Are Cool American Museum of Natural History Reader which is out of print, so we have substituted Penguins! National Geographic Reader Level 2. Complete package contents listed below.

     

  • Item #: 046656
    ISBN: 9781250075772
    Retail: $9.99
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    Subtitled "The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution," you've never read an account of the American Revolutionary War quite like this one. The author, Steve Sheinkin, says that he used to write textbooks, and he found so many interesting tidbits and cool stories during his research that he couldn't use in textbooks, so he vowed to write his own books and include all those gems. Factual, yet very entertaining and readable, the book starts with the steps needed to start a revolution and discusses all the events that transpired to trigger the war for independence. I almost couldn't put it down as I was looking it over to write my description. From the bad choices made by King George and the Shot Heard 'Round the World, to the victory of the Americans, this book takes readers step-by-step through the whole war, the main characters, the decisions made, and much more. The text is so engaging and enjoyable that you won't even feel like you are learning, and what's more, you will be able to retain it much better than you could if you studied out of some dry textbook. I highly recommend this resource to supplement your studies! The book also includes a "What Ever Happened to…" section that discusses the post-war lives of the famous men and women in the book, source notes, quotation notes and an index. Pb, 195 pgs. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 041185
    ISBN: 9780925279453
    Retail: $9.95
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    Another patriotic book from Wallbuilders, this one is a reprint of the book originally published in 1848 by American historian B.J. Lossing. It looks like a reprint, too, in both font and illustration. The original language is unchanged; for instance, the first chapter, in discussing Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire, states that he practiced medicine, "his business soon became lucrative, and he amassed a competency." I'm not sure what a competency is, and my Webster's American Family Dictionary doesn't define this word – I suppose his net worth increased. But by and large, the text is quite understandable.

    About two-thirds of the book is what you would expect it to be from the title. Each of the 56 signers of the Declaration get about three to five pages of biographical text. The facts of each man's life are presented in a straightforward manner. The remaining third of the book is a discussion of the Declaration of Independence and some of the major events that brought it about. Next, the Articles of Confederation is presented, again including discussion of the surrounding history. Then, the Constitution is printed, also with historical context. Finally, if you've been dying to read the Stamp Act, that hated piece of legislation forced on the colonies, it is here too.

    This book will give insights into this collection of gifted leaders to which we owe our freedom and rich history. sc, 384 pgs.

  • Item #: 019428
    ISBN: 9780825144516
    Retail: $24.00
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    History is sometimes hard to understand because the less imaginative of us may not really be able to personally identify with the events taking place at a particular time. This is one reason that historical films have always held a fascination with viewers, because although they may have questionable factual content, we can see and feel the people, their concerns and their feelings, and observe the way they lived, dressed, and interacted. Although we realize that not everyone likes the idea of including historical films and videos into their curriculum, if it interests your family, you probably won't find a more comprehensive and insightful resource identifying helpful historical films and videos to augment your studies than this. For each period in American history, from colonial times through the 20th century, a historical film is highlighted, including background information on the film, a synopsis of the plot, and ideas for discussion about the film. The reproducible student pages include a section on "What to watch for" in the film, as well as notes where they can jot some answers to the several important questions that they are supposed to use to analyze the film. Vocabulary words and questions to answer from the film are also included. The teacher's pages also include suggestions of related books and materials you may wish to include, as well as a list of other media resources that complement the time period. The films have been included for their ability to convey what you may not be able to pick up in a history text, and the authors acknowledge and discuss the fact that many films, while utilizing the correct costumes, setting, and names, take substantial liberties with other aspects of the character's lives, and they take pains to identify these "lapses." Also, under the reference for the film, ratings are not included, except for in those films rated "R," where an explanation of the rating (normally for violence) is included. Films included for discussion include those such as The Patriot, Glory, Dances with Wolves, Grapes of Wrath, The Long Walk Home, and American Graffiti. Included at the end is a "Film Analysis Guide Sheet" for extended analysis of any film that you may wish to use, along with a glossary of film terms, a list of video sources, media-related web sites, a bibliography, and an index of all the featured films, including the additional ones suggested for a particular unit. If you'd like to give your American history studies an exciting new dimension or want to make Friday night movie night into an educational event, you'll find a lot of good resources and information here. - Jess

  • Item #: 016092
    ISBN: 9780590929226
    Retail: $6.99
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  • Item #: 043262
    ISBN: 9781424303106
    Retail: $69.95
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    Students watch as the instructor, Wes Olson, explains the definition of life and takes you through the days of Creation and the specimens created on those days. In order, you will learn about plants, water animals, flying creatures, land animals, and mankind, and wrap it all up with lessons about genetics. There are 4 DVDs for a total running time of 4 ½ hours. The author describes this course as a “super-condensed, fun-filled, fascinating overview of the world of biology.” If you grasp the basics taught in this program, you’ll have a solid understanding of biology. The 4th disc contains the PDF files. High school credits are based on hours spent on a course of study, and 120-180 hours constitutes one credit. This course totals 135 hours if you follow the accreditation schedule. You could add dissection labs or microscope labs for more content. Note that the activities in this course are simple labs like identifying plants and animals or watching a fish, so if you live in a state which requires lab sciences for high school credit you will need to make some additions.

  • Item #: 028847
    ISBN: 9781616340261
    Retail: $0.00
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to "teach as Charlotte did". Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, "prepared dictation to teach spelling" which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memory—the chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can "take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s)". After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a child's mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your child's own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books' exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-"I am; I can; I ought; I will." The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of '"What the Wind Brings."

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
    Retail: $32.95
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    Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

  • Item #: 019454
    ISBN: 9780471136026
    Retail: $16.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.75

    I believe if there's one way to instantly improve anything, it's to add food! This book has exactly the right idea. Instead of just reading your way through history, why not eat through it? Beginning with the first Thanksgiving, you can cook representative foods from colonial times, Louisiana territory, the Alamo, pioneer times, plantation life, the transcontinental railroad days, the Victorian era, the twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the fifties, the sixties and seventies, and finally the eighties and nineties. Each time period has around four pages of brief, informative history reading (complete with humorous illustrations) and then gets down to the recipes. (Getting started cooking pages with tips are included in the very beginning.) Key terms in the history reading are in bold, and there are fun food facts to read from that time period. The recipes are great symbols of the time periods. For example, after reading about "Remember the Alamo!", students can make tacos, Texas ribs, and meatless chili. When you are studying about plantation life, it won't do but to fix up a plate of fried chicken wings, corn bread, and sweet potato pie, with a peaches and cream sundae on the side. From first Thanksgiving golden harvest pumpkin bread, to colonial clam chowder all the way to nineties blueberry muffins, this is one U.S. history study the whole family will join you for. - Melissa

  • Item #: 002240
    ISBN: 9781602005228
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    That proverbial talk about the “birds and the bees.” You know you need to do it. Teaching your children about God’s plan for sex and all the male/female interaction that leads up to it is part of what it means to bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And you want to do it – sort of. It’s just that it’s so very uncomfortable – and you don’t know what to say – and there might be questions asked that make you ashamed or guilty. . .  Dennis and Barbara Rainey (parents of six) of Family Life Ministries know you need “a plan” and they’ve provided a lovely one – a getaway weekend kit complete with instructions for you, guidelines for what to do, excellent speakers to get the difficult words out in the open by offering interesting audio sessions, an engaging format, a solid study of Biblical values, and enjoyable scripture songs.

      The goal of this program is to encourage and empower parents to discuss the difficult topics of intimacy, sexual behavior, and personal feelings that are facing their children as they enter the preteen years. To give parents the tools they need to both challenge their sons and daughters as they enter the pathway to Christian adulthood as well as provide the foundation for future discussions and sharing. To build a mentoring relationship with your children that continues past the weekend and into all the years leading up to adulthood.

      Preteen? Isn’t that jumping the gun a bit for the birds and the bees? Not in today’s culture. It’s literally everywhere around us – and now in ways unimagined by all previous generations. This program is designed to set the stage for a close parent/child relationship as the child moves into this period. Topics are handled biblically, carefully, and tastefully. Some topics are left optional for the parent.

      A weekend getaway. That’s the general setting. One child – with the parent all to himself (boys with fathers; girls with mothers) – doing an activity of his choice that he loves to do and spending time listening to “talks” and working through study material together. It’s a wonderful affirmation that the love of the parent can transcend the upcoming changes that the child will be experiencing.

      There are five audio sessions and one optional session: 1) the adolescent experience, 2) how to handle peer pressure, 3) changes that are ahead (God’s design for sex), 4) purity (protecting sexual innocence), and 5) dating (properly engaging with the opposite sex). The optional session covers really delicate issues (masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction) and can be inserted after the fourth session and before the fifth if the parent chooses,

      The Getaway Kit provides the necessary framework: a tour guide for the parent, travel journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s of all sessions.

      The Tour Guide is for the parent – basically a leader’s guide for this very focused Bible study. This little manual includes sections on planning the getaway, an itinerary for the weekend, a suggested schedule, preparation checklists (and needed supplies), guidelines for writing a note to your son/daughter, and very specific suggestions for praying for your son/daughter. Also included is a page-for-page reproduction of the Travel Journal (accent color rather than full color) so you can work through it with your son/daughter.

      The Travel Journal is for your son/daughter and is designed as a companion for the experiences of the weekend. With a travel theme and an engaging appearance, it provides a place to write notes (from the talks), thoughts, and answers to questions as well as the guidelines for godly Christian living provided by this study material. There are 25 follow-up devotions that continue with a similar theme and help strengthen the biblical core of the young adult’s understanding of the various issues. This is a nicely done keepsake book with a hardcover, full-color graphics, and an elastic strap for place-keeping.

      The CD Set provides the core material for the heart of the weekend and the program. Eight CDs provide the weekend talk sessions. These sessions feature scripture memory songs, dramatic vignettes, humorous features, real-life stories from teens and adults, and lots of teaching from parents and experts that have “been there, done that.” Songs are CCM-type of music with understandable lyrics, singable melodies, and full instrumentation backup.

      Having “that” talk with your children may never be entirely comfortable, but this kit gives you a plan; the certainty of godly, biblical content; and the promise of enjoyable memories. 

  • Item #: 029529
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.99

    What lives longer a toucan or a warthog? Like the Timeline games by the same company, your job is to place your cards correctly in relation to the cards already on the table. Each player is dealt four cards, with a beautiful illustration of an animal on the front, and the same illustration on the back along with three important details: the animal's size, weight, and lifespan.

    In Dinosaurs, players are challenged to place cards by length or weight, so this deck is compatible with Animals if you are playing with one of those characteristics. Please note that this deck includes evolutionary content.

    Players choose which of the three characteristics to play by, flip one card over in the playing area so the information is visible, and then take turns trying to place their cards on the right places around the ones on the table. Once you think you have your card placed correctly, turn it over to check if you were right. Correctly placed cards stay information side up, wrongly placed cards are discarded and players draw a new card. As you can tell, the more cards on the table, the harder it is to place new cards! The first player to run out of cards wins. Quick to learn and easy to play, you also can't help but learn some new facts! This is a great game to play with people of all ages with no big advantages to older players. We pulled this one out last time Grandma and Grandpa were here, and out of all three generations, our 7-yr old won! 2-8 people can play, rounds take about 15 minutes, and the 110 cards are packaged in a nice little tin. If you enjoy this one, try Cardline: Globetrotter for geography! Steph

  • Item #: 028857
    ISBN: 9781616340278
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to "teach as Charlotte did". Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, "prepared dictation to teach spelling" which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memory—the chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can "take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s)". After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a child's mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your child's own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books' exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-"I am; I can; I ought; I will." The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of '"What the Wind Brings."

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 010198
    ISBN: 9780753473849
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    Looking for a handy reference book for science? If you can ignore the seemingly requisite homage to evolution in the first few pages and the evolutionary dating system mentioned here and there throughout the natural science sections, this could be a good choice. Chapters cover geology, living things, human biology, chemistry and the elements, materials and technology, light and energy, forces and movement, electricity and electronics, space and time, and the environment. Text is large, explanations are clear, and colorful photographs and illustrations abound. Each chapter ends with a helpful "Facts and Figures" page with key dates and definitions. Lots of useful information is packed into this 496-pg volume. hc.

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
    Rainbow Price: $77.95

    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

  • Item #: 045721
    Retail: $24.50
    Rainbow Price: $23.50

    Wind your way through five time periods of American history while you race to the finish line. Players start in the time of early American exploration, and work their way through the Colonial period, American Revolution, Constitution and Civil War by answering questions that test historical knowledge. Question cards have one question from each time period (350 questions total). In order to move forward on your turn, you have to answer the question that corresponds to the time period your playing piece is in. If you get it correct, you can roll and move, otherwise, your turn is over. The questions cover historical subjects, geography, personalities, government, and more – and include a mix (from an adult's point of view) of fairly easy to challenging questions. Action cards have been added with the current edition of the game as well, for added engagement. For 2-8 players, or more in teams. - Zach

  • Item #: 040111
    ISBN: 9780977900015
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.85

    If you want to know what World War II in Europe looked like from an infantryman's point of view, follow William F. (Mac) McMurdie from the induction process in Pasadena, CA, in April 1943 to his safe return home in February 1946. McMurdie didn't write the book until 1999, at age 74. But his mother had kept every letter that he sent home, and he had written notes about his experiences just after the war. Also, he realized that many of the men who served in WWII were beginning to die off. Many of the books on the subject were big-picture books, and friends encouraged him to write a book based on the experiences of the common soldier.

    This he does very well. It is no problem imagining yourself being in the same situations that McMurdie found himself in. He was a member of the 394th Regiment of the 99th Infantry Division, which, among other things, took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He covers all facets of his experience: the discomfort of being wet and cold from exposure to the rain and snow, hunger when no food was available for a couple of days, the disorientation of having shells falling around you, the anguish of seeing a close friend killed in battle, with the realization that it could just as easily have been him who died. McMurdie is a from a Christian family who was continually praying for his safety, and he has since served for 50 years in Christian ministry, so references to God's protection are common. So are excepts from his letters home, and he wrote home often, sometimes daily.

    It is apparent that McMurdie is thankful to God for bringing him through the war safely, and that he is loves his country and its founding principles. In this book he wants to pass these thoughts and feelings on to future generations. Pb, approx 200 pgs.

  • Item #: 035981
    ISBN: 9780977129409
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    Discover what it was like to live in America during the 16th and 17th century with this history project book. A timeline of key dates of colonial America and a brief overview of the thirteen colonies at the front puts the events and years into perspective, while the first chapter completes the foundation by providing a fascinating account of how colonial America came to exist and how life there began. The remaining seven chapters each focus on one aspect of life in colonial America, such as life in a colonial home, colonial clothes, work, communication, or the kids of the colonial days. Each of these chapters provides interesting passages on the respective part of life surrounded by features such as colonial words to know, spotlight on famous colonists, and hands-on projects that bring what you read to real life. Construct your own miniature wattle and daub house as you learn about colonial homes, sip your own homemade apple cider while reading about colonial farms and gardens, and make your own yarn, cloth, and dye just as the colonists did while dressed as a colonist with the help of other projects in the colonial clothes chapter. Fort-four projects in all provide plenty of original activities to recreate life in colonial America. Steph
  • Item #: 005972
    ISBN: 9780590674447
    Retail: $6.99
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  • Item #: 021827
    ISBN: 9781404803602
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Privyet! [pree-VYET] That means hi in Russian. Learn lots of interesting facts about Russian culture, geography, architecture & language in a lively alphabetical format. Colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce your child to the wonders of Russia such as ballet, Grandfather Frost, Lake Baikal, Moscow, nerpas, white nights and more. Did you know that Russia has 24 time zones and the deepest lake in the world? You would if you read this cute book! 32pp, 11” x 9”, sc. ~Sara

  • Item #: 006865
    ISBN: 9780310723233
    Retail: $8.99
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    There are no stupid questions when it comes to how a young man's body is changing. Dr. Walt Larimore takes 30 questions that young men often ask (or want to ask) and gives solid, Biblical responses to ease their minds and help them understand during a very confusing time in their lives.

    The book begins with a note to parents, because this isn't a topic that parents just love to attack, and explains how to handle this difficult time. He offers two options for using the book – 1) skim through the book and then give it to your son, if your son is mature enough to deal with the content, or 2) read and study the book with your son (especially dads). This provides opportunities for communication and bonding.

    The book is written to the young man ten to thirteen years of age. There is a note of encouragement from the doctor and along with some appropriate scripture: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." I Timothy 4:12.

    One chapter is devoted to each question but isn't overwhelming for the reader. Humorous black and white pictures are found in each chapter along with a short vignette or information, facts and, of course, scripture. Some of the questions addressed in the book are difficult and very matter-of-fact, so be sure your son is ready for the information being presented.

    Although this period in a young man's life might be difficult, Dr. Larimore has done his best to make the transition to adulthood a bit easier with information and God's word for guidance. So, if you've been dreading the talk or aren't sure how to answer the myriad of questions young men face as they grow into men, let Dr. Larimore lend a hand. 187 pgs, s/c. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 003951
    ISBN: 9780060763374
    Retail: $17.95
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    If you enjoyed all the misadventures in the original, you'll enjoy this follow-up where Paddington's adventures in the Browns' house continue. As he tries to take a family photo, decorate his bedroom, play in the snow for the first time, go Christmas shopping, and more, the lovable, accident-prone teddy bear is sure to get into all kinds of scrapes. This is a complete and unabridged reading of the original book by Michael Bond, lively read by the talented British actor Stephen Fry. 2 CDs, 2.5 hours total.

  • Item #: 296731
    ISBN: 9781606829936
    Retail: $8.99
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       I think everyone has wondered from time to time about their place here on earth – “Who am I?” and “What am I doing here?” Many times we measure ourselves using the world’s standards, which can lead to a poor self-image and other negative effects. Natalie Dorso has written this thorough study based on realizations in her own life. She had spent her teen years trying to answer life questions using the world’s guidelines, forgetting that the important thing for her, and all of us, is who we are in Christ. This study is divided into three important areas: Who am I in Christ in Relation to Sin? Who am I in Christ in Relation to God? Who am I in Relation to Other People? Throughout the study, readers are asked to read passages of scripture (KJV), look at its meaning, and then do some thinking and writing. This book is more than just a read through; it offers practical study and application for the reader’s life and situation. Sections titled “Put Off,” “Renew Your Mind,” and “Put On” are your opportunity to answer questions and write out your thoughts – based on Ephesians 4:22-24. “Put Off” is an opportunity to confess and get rid of your sin, ask forgiveness of others (if needed), and cut it out of your life. “Renew Your Mind” is based in God’s Word – it is here that you memorize and meditate. The third section, “Put On,” is your opportunity to swap out bad behavior for good and be held accountable. For students in junior high and high school, this study might be very helpful as they strive to find where they fit and who they are… in Christ! 176 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 071694
    ISBN: 9780531221693
    Retail: $7.95
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  • Item #: 071479
    ISBN: 9781438011486
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Don’t live in a hand-me-down world of others’ experiences – write about yours! By the time a person completes this book, he/she will have a scrapbook of their feelings, interests, goals, dreams, thoughts and favorite everything! The book does have a feminine flair (aqua, pink, yellow, lilac, flowers, illustrations of girls), but the prompts are for anyone. Write on the brief, provided lines and in the graphic organizers. If you have a child who struggles to put their thoughts and feelings into words, a journal with a lot of suggestions is a good option. This one is diverse, entertaining and approachable with quite a positive outlook! 7.5”x 9.5”, 128 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 070534
    ISBN: 9780374347017
    Retail: $19.99
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    Even in the 21st century, many voices in the West still promote the supposed virtues of communism. It is not difficult, of course, to sing the praises of a political system that demands control over all of the economic and social activity of its citizens if you have never actually lived under it. Well, the author of The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, actually lived in Czechoslovakia when it was under communist domination. He presents an accurate and unvarnished perspective regarding the true effects of collectivism upon the government and the Czechoslovakian people during the last half of the twentieth century. The author presents his story in a journal/diary style, beginning in the early 1950’s and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Includes a wide variety of color as well as black & white pictures or drawings. 48 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 065321
    ISBN: 9781454909057
    Retail: $17.95
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      Ever wonder what it was like to live during the ‘barbaric period’ known as the Middle Ages? For instance, did you know that surgical procedures were performed by barbers, who also would extract teeth? Or running water was extremely rare in the home, but was found in monasteries and wealthy homes? Well written, this book explores medieval society; the life cycle from birth to childhood, adulthood to marriage, and death; the material culture; village life; castle life;  the monastic life;  town life, and the medieval world as a whole. Chapters are well written and provide a fascinating look at the times, and include color and black and white images. This would make a wonderful living book for Charlotte Mason or Living Book homeschoolers or spine for a unit study, as well as a great supplement for your history curriculum if your children are intrigued by this time in history and want to learn more. 310 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 065134
    ISBN: 9780965273596
    Retail: $14.95
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      Understanding the trials and joys of our nation’s founding is oft neglected in history studies, whether from the minimalistic textbook coverage or the parental struggle to find an age-appropriate retelling that appeals to children. Enter Mary of Plymouth. Compelling with fascinating detail, this 1910 reprint will captivate children of all ages. Sixteen-year-old Mary arrived on the Mayflower, 11 years prior, and writes of the journey, the discovery, the challenges, and the fascinating people that call this new land home. Through her eyes, you will meet Captain Standish, Squanto, Samoset, Governor Bradford, and others. References prayer, heaven and God in keeping with the historical time. Vocabulary glossary included. Published by Lost Classics. hc, 178 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 064700
    ISBN: 9780692345184
    Retail: $0.00
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    Laz and his friends lived a peaceful life in their wombat tribe, until the day the Tasmanian devils attacked. When Laz’s sister Sura is taken captive, he and his friends wish to rescue her, which goes against the Way of the Wombat, their tribe’s code for living. As a result, they are banished, and they set out on a journey to bring Sura home. They must first find a rare tree called Gray Ironbark to create weapons than can best the devils, face many dangers, and learn to trust the traveling companions they find along the way. Will they reach Sura in time? And if so, will they be able to beat the devils and survive? Find out as you read about the brave wombats as they find their own way. 303 softcover pages with occasional black and white illustrations. – Laura