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  • Item #: MPSC3H
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  • Item #: 065601
    ISBN: 9781882514267
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    Read the story of William Tyndale's life told in story format. From his childhood to his death, William Tyndale was intrigued by history, fascinated by family stories, and was taught to love God. He translated the New Testament and part of the Old Testament before he was put to death in 1536 for his work. He wanted all people to be able to read and understand the Bible an admirable goal. This 160-page book tells his story as if you were there with him. Joyce McPherson, the author, engages the reader with people from William's life, their stories, and their influence. Get to know William Tyndale and his real-life story.

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    ISBN: 9780590451598
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  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
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    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
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    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

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

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
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    If conventional phonics is not working with your child, or if phonics instruction is turning your "eager to read-er" into a "do we have to?" reader, here's an approach you should try. Based on techniques used in the Reading Recovery program and on observations of methods used by "natural" readers (children who learn to read at young ages despite no formal instruction), this approach takes a middle road between phonics and "sight reading." It is designed to be used one-on-one in a tutoring situation – not in a classroom environment – so it works very well in a home school. The first ingredient is reading, reading, reading to your young child. Predictable readers are used heavily in beginning instruction so that the child can begin to "read" successfully without knowing all of the rules, and can begin to recognize letter-sound correlations in familiar words. Some separate phonics instruction is done as part of the lesson. Initially, letter sounds are taught. From there, instruction depends on the previous day's experience. However, most of the phonics instruction is done within the context of reading and writing about real stories in real books. Phonics rules are not learned in any set sequence, but as the need to use them arises. Books are reread until mastered, then rotated out, with a book on the "cutting edge" of the child's ability added to the mix. A list of recommended children's books is included.

    The author is no stranger to the "great debate" on reading instruction. He has sixteen years of experience teaching in both public and private schools and, as headmaster of a Christian school, oversaw a home education program in which he worked with parents teaching their children to read. He realizes the strong preference homeschoolers have for phonics, but he makes a great case for considering a less "pure" approach. I do think this book is worth reading. After reading it, I realized that my children all learned a little this way, despite my attempts to teach them strictly phonetically. When Mark was learning to read, he just wouldn't wait for me to slowly make it through our phonics program. Armed with the essential basics, he wanted to read, and proceeded to do so; reading and rereading familiar books until they were mastered, demanding explanations of unfamiliar constructs as he went, and then applying this knowledge the next time he encountered a similar phonetic construct. All this from a child who seemed almost dense to me (compared with his older sisters) when using a strictly phonetic method. On reflection, I think he might have done much better from the start if I'd read this book and employed some of these methods. While not for everyone, and certainly not for those of you who won't even consider less than "pure" phonics, I'm hoping this will help with children who may "fall through the cracks" using a traditional phonics approach.

  • Item #: 026489
    ISBN: 9781931397650
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    Learning new things is easier for young students when tied in to a common theme. That's why unit studies are so popular and successful. So what about Galloping the Globe? It's a unit study centered around geography. It encourages a detailed look at a selection of countries from the six populated continents as well as the North and South Poles and Christmas around the world. Using the countries being studied geographically as the basic platform, the authors have included ideas and references, projects and activities for integrating Bible, people/history, science, literature, vocabulary, internet sources, maps & flags, cooking, music/art, games, puzzles, and crafts into the curriculum. An aspect to this unit study which is similar to the Trail Guide to… series is the student notebook approach, where the child will actually produce a notebook full of art projects, reports, biographies, geographic dictionary pages, and much more. This is intended to be something they can show to other people, reinforcing and reviewing what they have learned as they explain various facts to friends and family. This is a fairly flexible course, with a full study of every topic listed taking between two and three years to complete. You can also pick and choose projects to simply make this a year long course. While geography is the main focus of this unit study, it does a good job of including the resources needed to study the other subjects, too. Answers are included and the consumable work pages are reproducible (and are also now found on the included CD-ROM in PDF format, which makes it even easier to use with multiple children). There are several recommended resources which are used multiple times throughout the course. If you are interested in purchasing these, please see below. Items without prices are those that we do not currently carry. The resource list has been recently revised to accommodate for items that were going out of print, and several new resources have been added. This is the newest version, revised in 2010 with a CD-ROM of printable forms, activity sheets, maps and flags. CD is Win/Mac compatible; requires Adobe Reader (a free download). 266 pgs, pb. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 025795
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    If you haven't yet been introduced to the Zome System, then you are in for a treat. Your child will learn how to build anything from a simple geometric shape (triangle) to the more complex icosahedron. They will learn simple concepts and terms such as edges, vertices, and faces. They will even learn more complex topics, such as recognizing the Fibonacci sequence and discovering common areas where this can be found in plants. The figures are fun to construct and thought provoking to discuss, as they help the student to develop geometric skills. These lesson plans are well laid out and superbly organized for the teacher. Each lesson plan is presented with an Objective, Prerequisite Skills required, Time Needed, Materials Needed, Procedure for lesson plan, Assessment for the teacher, which National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards were addressed, and a Transfer Possibilities area which presents different areas the topic just covered can be further explored. The lessons are categorized into three groups: 36 Lessons of Basic Concepts (Grades 1-3), 25 Lessons of Intermediate Concepts (Grades 4-8), and 3 Lessons of Advanced Concepts (Grades 9-12). However, it is recommended that even kids of high school age should make sure they understand the Basic and Intermediate concepts before moving on to the Advanced. The lesson plans are in binder page form and there are 11 pages of Glossary terms in the back. The recommended Zome kit to purchase with the Lesson Plans is the Adventurer Kit (242 pieces - see description in our Not Just For Fun section) for 1-3 students (good size for home use). ~ Carl
  • Item #: 023927
    ISBN: 9781932786576
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    Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively, current text, recommendations of additional books to enjoy, narration, notebooking, and other fun activities, too! Geography of the earth is approached as if you and your children were taking a journey through and around the earth, learning everything about the Earth as a whole (individual continents and countries will be studied in upcoming volumes). Eleven chapters each focus on a geography topic, including the atmosphere, the continents, the oceans, seasons, climate, weather, the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, latitude, and longitude. The author recommends spending two days on each chapter; one to snuggle up and read the text together, and the other to spend on the activities. Taking basic information like ocean currents, the rotation of the earth and plate tectonics and presenting them to children in an exciting way could have been a challenge, but the author has done a very impressive job here and has taken great pains to present the information in a personal way that children will understand and often be awed by. Occasionally the text is broken up by a "Tell the folks at home all about it!" which acts as a narration prompt. The narration jogs kids' memories about what they have read so far and helps them to remember it by describing it in their own words. To take this the next step, the author recommends that you and your child or children pretend you're on the phone while they tell you what they've "seen" in their journey. Each chapter's text ends with a "Postcard Home" which further embodies the "journey" theme. Postcard templates are found in the back of the book, or can be printed from online resources.  For each chapter, children will create their own postcard of the journey, in which they draw what they have learned on the front and describe it on the back, as if they were describing it to a recipient. Dressing up the ordinary "notebooking" as making postcards is a novel idea that will undoubtedly be a little more fun! After this point in every chapter, there is a "Reaching Out to His World" section, which ties the concepts from the text into a need that people around the world experience. Suggestions for further research and outreach are included in each one, so you can not only learn about the earth but develop a heart for helping others, too. "Further Explorations" in each chapter list books which tie in to that topic, and each book is listed with a summary and a grade range the book is most appropriate for. Two "Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursions" round out each chapter, and although they're not "required," I can understand why they call them too fun to resist! Some of the activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigate ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, looking for pictures in the shapes of the continents, and much more! These activities have clearly not been "tacked on" just because they are related to the chapter's topic; they are well-chosen and things that kids will definitely enjoy. An appendix at the end of the book contains the postcard templates, geography copywork and maps you will need throughout your journey. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! I just hope "Vol. 1" means that more are on the way! Jess

  • Item #: 008374
    ISBN: 9780393080964
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    So you've read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and you're pleased by its information, guidance and practical curriculum suggestions. However, while reading it you may have thought, "I wish I had been educated this way, I guess it's too late for me." In the Well-Educated Mind, Susan focuses on the adult, and her premise is that it's not too late; you can have a Well-Educated Mind. Susan's focus is on helping the adult learn to read great literature. This book is so much more than a list of suggested reading. In fact, the suggested reading doesn't come until after Susan presents significant information on why it's important and how to go about it.

    Yes, the trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric is presented as well. Would you expect anything less from this author? Susan discusses why it is important for children to be taught properly in all three stages and if you were not, how as an adult, you can compensate and learn to read great literature. Susan's goal is to equip her readers to be able to learn self-education to train and fill their minds.

    For people who question their ability to read difficult material, the book states, "If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's sonnets or Jane Eyre." Susan says, "Reading is a discipline, like running regularly, or meditating, or taking voice lessons." Just like working through a training regimen to become proficient in sports or music we must learn technique and train our minds to effectively tackle the great books.

    Susan does not lecture from an ivory tower, but shows she can relate her understanding of real-life challenges to making time for the pursuit of reading. Her references to her struggles help make me feel like she understands real-life. These include the lure of TV after a long day, "just to vegetate for a few minutes, before I try to use my brain," or the call of email (including spam deletion). She includes a whole section on how to create a realistic reading schedule on your weekly calendar. A helpful section is including on training our minds to move from light reading and skimming for facts to more serious reading which leads to understanding. This "how-to" section includes information on reading mechanics, journaling, questioning and literary terms, all with examples. The book then progresses to six literary genres: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science with instructions on how to read each type. After each genre is a listing of literature with comprehensive summaries and the best versions of the books (with ISBN information). This new expanded and revised edition includes great 21st century works as well as essential readings in science. The selected reading lists usually have both a literary and a historical purpose. The Well-Educated Mind is a great resource that provides those adults who have a nagging sense of missing something in their literary education the practical techniques and guidance to regularly read and enjoy great literature. Jerry

  • Item #: 066465
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    Some experiments at the higher levels, will list a multimeter or voltmeter as an optional piece of equipment. There was a day that these were very expensive and not practical to add to your labs. Elenco, maker of Snap Circuits, now offers some inexpensive options for multimeters. This multimeter is pocket-size with a 1" display for easier reading, 7 functions with 17 measuring ranges, 1M input impedance, overload protection, transistor test, audible continuity test, and accurate to 0.5%. If you have an electrician in your house, you already have a Fluke or something similar that can be used. If you don't, this tool will do the trick!

  • Item #: 062776
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    There are twelve treasure pieces hidden within Monkey Beach Isle. Can a matey like ye use yer tactile powers to help the pirate monkeys find their booty? The game starts with all of the treasures dropped into the fabric island through the volcano opening. Each turn, a player flips over a green tile and a blue tile. The blue tile will be a piece of loot to find. The green tile will be a location to get it out of – or it might be a volcano tile if you're unlucky! Once four volcano tiles are found, the volcano erupts and it's game over. However, if the tile is not a volcano, it will reference one of three openings in the island: a beach opening, a waterfall opening, or a jungle opening. Once a player has determined the treasure and location to get it out of, they will feel for the treasure through the fabric. When they think they have found it, they will push it towards the correct opening. The player gets to keep the treasure if they were right. But if they were wrong, the isle re-claims the treasure. The game ends when all the treasure has been found or the volcano erupts. Whoever has the most treasure by game's end is the MVP – most valuable pirate!
  • Item #: 060409
    ISBN: 9781629147192
    Retail: $16.95
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    Touring the agricultural lab that developed penicillin in the 1940s? Now, that's a good field trip! Science and history all wrapped up together! We all know there is value in field trips but sometimes we're a little overwhelmed at adding one more thing to busy lives and schedules. This book will help! This resource contains a bit of public school flavor and some of its content is geared toward putting together more formal proposals and plans than necessary with many homeschool field trips. Nevertheless, you will find lots of practical ideas for locations and what to do, as well as for handling all those pesky logistics.

    The goal is learning, right? And, as you would expect, the local community is the place to start. Suggestions for community field trips are organized alphabetically – from airports to zoos with all sorts of interesting "in-betweeners": alarm or security companies, cemeteries, junkyards (?), shell shops, just to mention a very few. There are 121 solid suggestions in this section. What I like even better, though, is the fleshing-out of those suggestions. For instance, did you know that small, private airports are best and that you should ask to see the wind sock, the runway, the airplanes, and hangars? While there, you should go close to a plane and, if possible, into the cockpit or passenger section. And, of course, observe a plane landing or taking off. I've taken almost this exact same field trip with my children but we had the added bonus of being able to take a short flight in a small plane. It was memorable!

    Some neighborhood field trip ideas are creative. Use your neighborhood (i.e. counting vehicles at a corner – tally and graph the kinds or colors of vehicles that pass by), your school grounds (i.e. classify objects - most of these could be done even better in your own backyard). Other ideas are come-to-you field trips (i.e. veterans or professionals), and, interestingly, even web-based field trips (i.e. an introduction to deserts in a number of environments).

    This book is packed with good information. In addition to the where to go/what to do aspect, a lot of nitty-gritty logistical details are provided so you won't forget something essential. Granted, the orientation is a classroom of children, but the only real difference between those classrooms and a homeschooling group is the variety of ages in the latter. You still need to prepare your students for the experience, plan for their safety, and make sure you have certain supplies. However, homeschoolers probably have it easier when it comes to arranging transportation.

    Obviously, targeting classroom situations, this book includes some information that might seem or be irrelevant for homeschoolers. The introductory section discussing the rationale for taking field trips is lengthy (over 30 pages). Although there is food for thought here, much of this information appears to be geared toward grant-writing with the goal of funding school field trips. The chapters grouped under Caring and Curiosity (sparking interest) and Field Trips are for Learning (determining and assessing learning), while couched in education-speak are filled with first-hand field trip experiences that illustrate various teaching methodologies and goals. If you're willing to spend just a bit of time in these chapters, there are valuable take-away points for your entire homeschooling experience—not just field trips. And when it comes to planning and organizing field trips, the idea and how to chapters are worth the price of the book. 262 pp, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 057957
    ISBN: 9781426211270
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    "In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Col. Jackson, down the mighty Mississip." If you're like me that might be about all you know or can remember about the War of 1812. Our reasons for fighting it were obscure; what was accomplished is likewise vague. Wouldn't you like to know more? This unassuming little book proves there is a lot more; providing an overview of the war – causes, invasions, the war fronts, victories, and peace – and then a battlefield-by-battlefield guide. Looking at the various regions where war action took place, battlefield and historic sites are visited. Maps, aerial views, photos, and text – supplied in a colorful, heavy paper format – all help tell the story of each site. Particularly helpful are the Quick History inserts that serve as summaries. The Nearby and Noteworthy sections identify places you might want to include on a tour. The Don't Miss sections help prioritize. Written to be a handbook for those who want to tour the various sites and understand the bigger picture, the book, nevertheless, makes a good quick study of the war. It was important; it defined boundaries for two countries and impacted the history of three people groups – Americans, Canadians, and Native Americans. And, then, of course, it gave us our National Anthem. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 057351
    ISBN: 9780804842358
    Retail: $18.95
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    I've been waiting for a good beginning Mandarin Chinese COURSE to come across my desk and this is it! Perfect for independent student learning, or even for a family. Some Chinese language materials either don't include an audio component or don't give enough help with pronunciation in the text; here you have both. It starts at the very beginning with Pinyin. These are the 4 tones that a syllable may have and they help a native English speaker immensely, almost like arrows telling you if your voice goes up or down. Our familiar letters are used rather than the beautiful, but intimidating, Chinese characters. From there you go to 16 chapters of daily conversation including: greetings, introductions, socializing, apologizing, thanks, weather, numbers, time, dates, phones, restaurant, tea house, directions, touring, bank, shopping, and transportation. English is used to introduce the lessons and explain what you will hear on the audio CD. It is super user-friendly and these are topics taught in most first year foreign language courses. There are exercises in the book (with answers), but you could use it without writing in the book, as it's not really a workbook. You will learn about Chinese culture too. Did you know there were 56 ethnic groups in China? I didn't! The author is encouraging every step of the way. I am reluctant to say this book is enough for a full high school credit; more like a semester. CD has PDF files to view or print and 190 audio files to play on a computer or mp3 player. Pb, 190pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 053446
    ISBN: 9780807522813
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    At 70 miles per hour there are many things faster than a cheetah, but you are not one of them! Even if you run very hard, you might reach a speed of 15 miles an hour. An airplane is faster, and a rocket is faster than that! But do you know what is the fastest? The answer is at the end of this book, along with how long it would take to reach the moon if you were a cheetah or an airplane. There are a lot of math facts in this little book about speed. Kids also get some new vocabulary words like meteoroid, supersonic and air friction. Colorful, sketchy illustrations and a large playful font make this a fun book to read. I liked the horizontal layout, too. The backgrounds are a watery blend of blues and purples. 30 pp, pb, 7" x 10" ~ Sara

  • Item #: 053041
    ISBN: 9781936706211
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    Denise Eide passionately believes that mastery of English (literacy) could be greatly simplified by:

    Understanding that there is a method behind the madness; English is systematic (at least 98% of the time)

    Learning and embracing the rules of this system

    And here I thought this was common knowledge. Now I understand why Spelling is one of our largest-selling areas. I was not aware that, according to the National Report Card, 34% of fourth graders cannot read and 68% are below proficient. Apparently, this has gone on for some time since 48% of all adults are also not proficient readers, according to the same report. The author also bemoans the fact that "intensive phonics is saved almost exclusively for students who struggle". Written in 2011, this book is not an outdated tome from the sight-reading era. Apparently, this is the current state of affairs in the country at large. The author firmly believes that the cause of the problem is that the structure, the logic, of English is not understood or taught. This not only hinders reading, writing, and spelling skills, but results in discouraged children who become illiterate adults. In writing this book, the author hoped to demystify the English system for parents and teachers, helping them turn the situation around in our nation. I think she has succeeded in this volume. Her presentation is comprehensive, clear, and well-organized. Helpful charts and tables punctate the concise text, lending additional structure and simplification to the narrative. A list of tables in the front helps you find specific information quickly. The book concludes with appendices that sum up most of the material in lists or charts providing a handy, ongoing reference.

    While I hope most homeschoolers have used or are using an intensive phonics program, this book would be an excellent refresher and reference. If you are one of the many homeschoolers whose children were taught to read in the public school system, you need to get this book and read it. Then you need to teach the rules of the English system to your children. If your children are past the phonics stage, but still having trouble with reading or spelling, this book will help you back up, understand the system, and get your children back on track. And, if you are just starting to teach your children to read, you will want to read this book first. Then, for more direct teaching materials, see the Logic of English program from Pedia Learning, inspired by this volume.

  • Item #: 052136
    ISBN: 9780762780143
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    Boys' Life is a classic part of the Boy Scouts program – the magazine has been around for over 100 years now. As a Cub Scout, I always looked forward to it coming in the mail: getting to read stories of adventure, how-to and First Aid articles, and general guy-stuff (oh, and the comics of course). The Boys' Life Book of Outdoor Skills combines decades of Boys' Life content into a single volume, with fantastic articles on equipment, survival, how-to, and stories of Scouts in action. It's a literal treasure trove! This is one book that the Scouts in your family (or any other boys) will read over and over again. Not only is it just fun to read, it's fully illustrated (all of the full-color articles are left as they were originally published in magazine format) and super practical as well. There are articles about how to build your own canoe or snow cave (or indoor home rifle range, if you feel so inclined), how to treat heat exhaustion or hypothermia; stories about scouts surviving in the wilderness or climbing the Grand Teton, and of heroic rescues after bear attacks or fire accidents. There's always been something special about the Scouting program; it's had a huge impact in helping boys gain the skills they need in their lives as men. Plus, what boy doesn't like learning how to rough it in the wild and use knives and fire? 192 pgs., hc. – Chad

  • Item #: 051196
    ISBN: 9781937494049
    Retail: $21.95
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    Freewriting is when you let a student write about a topic (either of their choosing or a prompt) without having to think about sentence structure, spelling, punctuation and other such finicky details. The idea is to get them writing! It sounds simple, right? This format still can make a reluctant writer nervous though. I would call this a book of guided freewriting which sounds counter-intuitive, but it works! Each of the 10 writing exercises begins with a few short paragraphs for the student to read. The topics in this book are all from ancient Greece: some are about people, others are myths and tales. You are then given a writing suggestion related in some way to what you just read. These are pretty short and open-ended. The actual "assignment" includes bullet points that you should have in your writing. These are pointed questions about the task you were given, dialogue prompts, and then the writer is told to incorporate their 5 senses into their writing. You are supposed to set a timer for 15 minutes and write! Space is provided in this workbook, but there are no lines (perhaps part of the "free" writing). I would write on other paper so I could see the assignment page, rather than flip back and forth. This style of writing can be a stress reliever for a middle or high school age student who is either reluctant to write at all or a student who is a perfectionist. It could really help that kiddo to let their ideas flow! I liked the themes and found them to be things most older kids would have thoughts about, even if they had never heard the stories before. The 10 lessons could be done once a week for a quarter or even daily for 2 weeks as an exercise in letting ideas flow before beginning more structured writing instruction. Includes Christian content. Spiral binding, 59 pp, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 050475
    ISBN: 9781935495093
    Retail: $42.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    Eight lessons help kids understand what it means to be salt & light to the world and encourage them to develop a Christlike servant attitude. 262 pgs, hc.

    I Peter 3:15 says "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have," and this book offers the information you need to prepare to give those answers. This hefty 400+ page book will prepare believers to defend their faith and offers solid research and scientific fact for those who are skeptics, from the perspective of two gentlemen who were atheists and came to Christ through evidence.

    This text explores the meaning of truth and the truth of religion through evidence that supports Bible content in the areas of origins, miracles and signs of God, testimony to Jesus' life, inspiration of the Word of God, and more. The curriculum guide follows the text chapter by chapter and is designed to help students remember and understand the content presented in the text. This guide is published by Apologia and co-authored by Frank Turek & Chuck Winter. Frank is also one of the authors of the text, so the two books work together flawlessly for a complete one-year study of worldview and apologetics. The curriculum guide presents supplemental material, study questions, and activities for discussion, writing, and reflection. There is no answer key for the guide, but the author suggests that most answers can be found easily in the text, and sometimes page numbers are given to help you find them. Each lesson begins with pages to read from the text, important vocabulary with space to write their definitions, and four sections titled hook, book, look, and took. Hook is designed to get your attention and make you think; Book takes you deeper into the topic covered in the chapter; Look allows opportunities for the student to research assignments or other suggested activities; and Took summarizes the information and helps you apply it. A DVD series has been developed which features Frank Turek and enhances the content of the course, but it isn't required to complete the course.

    This course is easy to read and presents arguments for Christianity in a truly logical fashion. Humorous anecdotes are presented to reinforce some topics, and biographical information of some very famous scientists dot the landscape of this text and curriculum. Even if you don't want to use this as a high school course/elective, the text is an interesting read for anyone who has questions or wants to know how to defend their faith.

  • Item #: 048429
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    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 #: 047997
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    I want to express a heartfelt “Thanks” to Ginger McCreary, the speaker on this DVD for sharing her wisdom, advice, and experience with us. Although she describes herself as “ordinary,” I would say she is “extra-ordinary” in that, even after completing 19 years of homeschooling, she is still amazingly enthusiastic about the pursuit. Ginger has a refreshingly “real” manner. Even though she has successfully home schooled and advised other homeschoolers for years, she has an attitude of gracious humility that comes through. She’s here to help and encourage you, not to preach at you, tell you what you must do, or brag about her own achievements. Although sometimes it is difficult to listen to the same speaker for a length of time, I found this an easy and pleasant talk.

    There’s something on this DVD for people at all stages of homeschooling, whether you’re just considering it or have done it for years. Some of the topics she discusses are:

    Why people homeschool

    Advantages of home education

    A short history of compulsory education

    Socialization

    Tips for homeschooling success

    Organization in your home school

    Scheduling

    Keeping records

    Choosing the best curriculum for you

    Support for homeschooling

    Homeschool dads

    Instead of listening to someone still in the middle of it all, get advice from someone who has finished the race well. I have to laugh at some of the books we get for review from young people who are single, just married, or with young families, imparting their advice to others on the subjects of marriage, family, or schooling. There’s a reason employers look for a person with experience. And that same reason applies to listening to someone’s advice. Before we jump onto a moving wagon, let’s take a hard look at the person driving the wagon. Have they completed this trip before? Do they know where the potholes and obstacles are? Do they know when and where to turn? Only if they have successfully completed the course themselves should they presume to give others advice and direction for the journey. Ginger has successfully homeschooled three children at home from grades K-12. All three attended college. One is an officer in the army, one is getting her master’s degree, and the last one is still in college.

    As someone who has homeschooled even longer (four out of college and married, one in college, two still at home), I found her advice full of common sense and right on target. I really appreciated her tips on keeping your home clean and organized (“Teach your children to do every job at home. Children must learn to work”) and honesty about the challenge (“You will feel like quitting.” “You will feel discouraged.” “You will want to flag down the big, yellow school bus and put your children on it.”), including excellent counsel on how to avoid burnout, stress, and discouragement. Despite the fact that we have not been engaged much with other homeschoolers (because of our time-consuming family business), I agree with her strong encouragement to seek out and get support from other homeschoolers via local support groups. As she accurately points out, homeschooling is a radical lifestyle. More so when we first began, but even today it is considered a fringe activity. And she is right on the money about even churches not necessarily being supportive (or the children in them being accepting of yours!). Ginger and her husband were heavily involved in both local and state groups, serving as officers and board members. She puts in a strong plug for not only using these groups for your own support, but in giving back to them through your service to other homeschoolers. She doesn’t mince words, either, when it comes to putting aside unrealistic expectations for your school or the amount of help you should expect in day-to-day schooling from a working dad. Rather, she encourages dads to prioritize their family’s educational pursuits by being interested, by showing support and respect for your efforts (including the occasional disciplinary call for help), perhaps attending homeschooling conventions with you to help make curriculum choices, and maybe even joining you in serving your homeschool support group or state organization.

    Listening to this DVD is like getting good advice from an old and trusted friend. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you can or should homeschool, this presentation would be an inexpensive help in making that decision. If you’re new to homeschooling, Ginger is a seasoned veteran with many worthwhile suggestions that will save you time and money. Her commonsense counsel and insights, along with her naturally calm and friendly demeanor, will help you conquer self-doubt and be encouraged on your journey.

  • Item #: 043501
    ISBN: 9780688162801
    Retail: $3.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.45

    Discover the true meaning of Thanksgiving right along with Molly, a Russian refugee. Molly doesn't look like the other children at school and her English isn't very good, making her the subject of much teasing. To make matters worse, her mother makes her doll for their Thanksgiving project look more like a Russian refugee than a New England Pilgrim. However, that tiny little doll is exactly what she needed to show her classmates that she is a modern day Pilgrim, too! The detailed pencil artwork beautifully portrays the main points of the tale. A thought-provoking story that would be great to read aloud to your children and discuss. Pb, 28 pgs. – elise

    The best books written to entertain young children have to contain text that is somewhat interactive, an interesting storyline, and a problem situation that most children can identify. This book must have had all the ingredients, because it was one of our absolute favorites when we were very young. Throughout the book, Grover (of Sesame Street fame) continues to panic because the title suggests that there is going to be a monster waiting for him at the end of the book. He attempts various constructions to halt the "page-turning" that will inevitably bring the monster closer, and as the pages are turned, the book turns into a bigger and bigger mess. Of course, the end is a surprise for kids, and continues to delight them every time the story is read. If you don't have this Little Golden Book already, I highly recommend it - may yours become as dog-eared as ours! - Jess

  • Item #: 042374
    ISBN: 9781600650130
    Retail: $11.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.69

    Whether your child plans to attend college directly after high school or take time to determine his future aspirations, providing a quality homeschool high school experience is imperative. For my family, our oldest was college-motivated and incorporated dual-enrollment courses during her high school years, which paved (and eased!) the way for completing her BSN (Nursing) in less than four years. Our youngest is the complete opposite. A struggling learner, he was not sure college was right for him after graduation and is taking a slower path. As a homeschool mom, I am thankful I prepared them, to the best of their abilities, for college. Researching the ins and outs of what and how to teach a college preparatory high school was time consuming and dare I say, wearisome.

    If only I had read this book when my children were younger!

    Co-written by a college professor and his wife who have homeschooled their children from PK-12th grade, this book provides all the tools you need for a successful homeschool high school experience. Bringing together vision, practical tips and thorough course and transcript recommendations, this book is conveniently divided into the following four sections: Preparing Yourself (Getting the Answers You Need to Make the Choice to Homeschool through High school); Preparing Your Child (Developing skills for Success in College and Life); Preparing Your Program (Creating Your High School Curriculum) and Preparing for the End (Documenting for College).

    In the midst of all of this valuable counsel are personal stories and insights along with key points to "take away." We are carrying the 2nd edition of this excellent book. Within this new edition there have been organizational changes, expanded sections and added content. The author has also set up a website which contains additional support that will be beneficial to homeschooling parents. Included on this website are a wide range of college tips for our homeschool teens, Course descriptions/credits and schedules overviews as well as expanded core and elective subjects. Additionally a list of testing resources is listed. Personally, I found this to be one of the most helpful and compelling homeschool through high school books I have read in a long time. PB. 388 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 042259
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    Oh la la! ChOh la la! Cha cha cha! Add an exciting twist to learning French with this spirited 15-song collection - what fun to learn Francais a musical way! I often tell parents to introduce a foreign language to their children with songs. It gives kids a chance to hear and practice sounds that are new to them. Initially, they really don't have to understand anything, but with practice, the pieces fall into place and years later they remember something they sang as a child. Think of all the songs you learned when you were a kid and still recall without effort. The main focus is on imitating what they hear. Authentic speakers give your student a good model to follow, which is especially important if this is the first exposure to the language. Singer Lynn Veronneau is from Quebec and has a lovely, clear voice that is easy to understand. Guitar and other instruments accompany the 15 songs that are not too young for older students, but fun and danceable for little ones. Included is a booklet of the lyrics in French with some of the vocabulary defined on the side. Some songs are quite simple while others have a lot more words. Depending on the age and experience of your student, you can use these songs to demonstrate commands, prepositions, questions, negatives and other grammatical points. You can type out the lyrics, leave a space where some words should be, have students listen to the song and fill in the words as they hear them. Maybe one time you take out all of the verbs, and another time you remove articles or adjectives. There is a lot of vocabulary such as the months, numbers, vowels, seasons, weekdays, fruit and more. You can use the vocabulary to practice around the house and reinforce what your child is learning. I loved hearing the familiar Sur le Pont d'Avignon, but this CD also includes zesty arrangements of beloved traditional songs like B-i-n-g-o, Les Éléphants, and Tombe La Pluie. The fun Latin beats may not be what you expect from a French language, but you can't help but bob your head and tap your foot as your kids practice their French! ~ Sara
  • Item #: 040059
    ISBN: 9781936208012
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.15

    As the mom of a budding zoologist, I quickly found that most of the books we read covered the same information…oh, there may have been variations in content or images, but the animal species were nearly identical. I felt like we were always studying the same things. If you ever felt the same way with your little zoologist, I think you will be pleased with this excellent resource. From a Christian perspective, this book introduces children to some of God's unusual animal and plant creations found within nature.

    Written and photographed by a father and son missionary team, the chapters are beautifully photographed and well-written. As a visual learner, I really appreciate how each of the topical chapters is color-coded, meaning that individual life forms studied are presented on uniquely colored pages. The information is presented in a story format and ranges from 3-7 pages per specimen. You and your children will be captivated reading about the Northern Potoo, Jabiru storks, black howler monkeys, monkey-faced orchids (yes - there really is such a flower), the poison dart frog, the Indian piper, the cacao tree, weasel and much more. Scripture references, observations about the marvelous design of our God and scientific names offer a refreshing look our Father's world. Magnificently illustrated with full color photographs, the entire family will be eager to learn more about God's creation. HC. 149 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 039016
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $20.50

    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa

  • Item #: 039015
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $20.50

    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa

  • Item #: 039012
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.25

    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa

  • Item #: 039003
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.25

    If you can sing, you can learn! Sing 2 Learn is an audiovisual program that teaches foreign language to kids with catchy, appealing songs. Using a full immersion approach (no English), each course component contains 15 songs that teach basic vocabulary on an audio CD and DVD. The DVD's feature animated children going about their daily routines at home, in the neighborhood, and in school while the songs play. Subtitled lyrics appear in the target language so you can sing along (again, no English here). As students listen and sing, they learn and retain the vocabulary quicker than if they were merely studying a textbook. Repetition is the key!

    A songbook is included with each CD/DVD. It has lyrics to the 15 songs, both in the target language and with English words and phrases off to the side. Complete song translations are in the back. The CD and DVD store easily in vinyl pockets inside the back book cover. There is some general instruction how to use the program and what you can expect from your student as they work through the levels. (See our website for information on the topics covered at each level.). 52 pgs, pb.

    The Beginner level of the program is recommended for grades PK-2. No textbook is used at this level, as the emphasis is on auditory learning.

    Intermediate level 1 is intended for grades 3-4, and Intermediate levels 2 and 3 are for grades 5-6. These levels introduce more advanced vocabulary than the beginning levels, with the addition of a textbook component. (As of press time, we are unable to provide detailed information on the textbooks. However, according to the publisher, "Textbook and workbook exercises reinforce vocabulary and introduce grammatical patterns learned through songs and animations.")

    Each Combo set includes the song book, music CD and animated DVD for the relevant level. Textbooks are sold separately. ~Sara/Lisa