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  • Item #: 021502
    ISBN: 9780800786083
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    When a stranger challenges a congregation to consider what it really means to follow in the steps of Jesus, it certainly has an effect. Over the next year, six people in particular who decided to make that effort to walk in His steps experienced the Christian life as they never had before. This classic was first told by pastor Charles Sheldon over 100 years ago and has had a profound influence worldwide ever since.

  • Item #: 002340
    ISBN: 9780867170696
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    Lifepac Set Only - No Teacher's Guide. English II. Development of English, Listening & Speaking, Writing Effective Sentences, Power of Words, Elements of Composition, Structure & Reading, Oral Reading and Drama, The Short Story, The Novel: In His Steps, Looking Back.
  • Item #: 002327
    ISBN: 9780867172218
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    Boxed Set contains LIFEPACs, Teacher Guide with answer keys and a required reader: In His Steps. 10th Grade is English II. LIFEPAC topics include: Development of English, Listening & Speaking, Writing Effective Sentences, Power of Words, Elements of Composition, Structure & Reading, Oral Reading and Drama, The Short Story, The Novel: In His Steps, Looking Back.

  • Item #: 000237
    ISBN: 9780942617511
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    A step up from Whatever Happened to Penny Candy in both subject matter and grade level, this deals with inflation, paper money, gold supply and interest rates. The concept of "velocity" of money circulation is discussed, with its resulting effect on your career, business, and investments. Richard Maybury also gives his two cents as to where you should invest your money.

  • Item #: 011655
    ISBN: 9780980030211
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    "Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature Vol. 1." If you're learning to write, why not learn from the best? It's a great concept that's well-implemented in this new writing offering by Jill J. Dixon, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Focusing on descriptive writing, Jill has chosen some of the best literary passages as models, including excerpts from:

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Describing an Object)

    A Christmas Carol (Describing a Place)

    Robinson Crusoe (Describing a Character)

    Wind in the Willows (Writing a Dialogue)

    "Gift of the Magi" (Writing a Short Story)

    "Ants and the Grasshopper" and "Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf" (Writing a Fable)

    "Paul Revere's Ride (Writing Poetry - Ballad or Narrative)

    Each of these nine units is broken into ten 15-to-45-minute daily lessons - though Jill cautions not to progress too quickly if a child has not mastered a skill. Objectives for each day are asterisked and should be read by the teacher before beginning each unit. Since lessons are addressed directly to the student, the program will require minimal teacher time in actually completing each lesson. You will need to do some preparatory instruction, dictation (once per unit), and check work completed. Each unit begins with an excerpt from a "classic", includes a good amount of grammar (parts of speech) instruction, some mechanics, has the student find another good example of the genre being studied (and doing some comparative / grammatical analysis), and culminates with student writing and proofreading. Every unit also includes a dictation exercise from the included (or another) classic excerpt. The student is then to check his result against the written copy. Units are systematic, instruction is clear, and the whole course is well-organized and ready to pick up and go. Jill has included several helps and references also, in the back of the volume. The first is a sheet on "The Characteristics that Make the Best Writing The Best". This is used as the basis for discussion of supplied and found excerpts. A proofreading checklist is included to encourage and help with self-editing. For the parent is a helpful sheet on grading criteria. My only dispute with this is the point (out of five) given for having a "topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end of each paragraph". Just skimming the excerpts included confirm much "great" writing is not "formula" writing. I agree that a beginning writer may need to start out this way - but it makes for boring writing if you insist each paragraph be structured so. Additional Literary Passages for Modeling Writing are included and listed by genre so that you can continue or reuse these lessons again and again with different literature, if desired. For the teacher and student is a How to Write Guide that takes you through the steps for each type of writing. And, lastly, a key to the parts of speech exercises in included for you. All in all, there is a fair amount of grammar and mechanics instruction included in this volume in the context of writing and proofreading, though the author suggests supplementing with Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Editor in Chief or Great Editing Adventures if you feel you need more specific or intensive instruction. Other recommended materials are a dictionary and thesaurus for each student. A writing or grammar handbook would also be helpful - especially if your skills are a little rusty. Permission to reproduce is given for the excerpts and the proofreading checklist. These are the only consumable components, and each student will need his own. All in all, this program looks like a well-organized, easy to use, effective writing program that I'm personally eager to try!

  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
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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 #: 012235
    ISBN: 9780688161552
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    Leonardo Da Vinci completed many wonderful works of art in his lifetime, but did you know that he had a habit of leaving projects unfinished? Even the pope of his time was annoyed with him because of this bad habit! This book gives us a very thorough look into his life, from his birth in 1452 to his death in 1519. It walks step-by-step through his early life in the country, first apprenticeship, struggling career, many inventions, and his fascination with learning. The book has 44 pages of staggered text and brilliant illustrations. Also scattered throughout the pages are small samplings and sketches from Da Vinci's famous notebooks, portraying his original ideas and inventions. - Melissa

  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
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       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 037531
    ISBN: 9781591859932
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    This now classic missionary story by Bruce Olson tells the true story of his life. It shares his conflicted religious upbringing in a Lutheran church and his finding a new church as a teenager, even though it caused friction in his family. It shares how he was called to become a missionary, the steps (emotional, spiritual, and physical) he took to prepare himself, and how he ended up with the Motilone Indians. It tells the amazing story of how he, at the young age of 19, was captured by the Indians and how he overcame disease, terror, loneliness, and torture to bring the love of Christ to the tribal people. The way in which he submerged himself into the lives of the people has become a model that most missionaries to tribal areas follow to this day. 192 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 029913
    ISBN: 9780679861669
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    Children will be fascinated by the story of this little Indian princess whose life changes forever when the Englishmen arrive in America. The Indians are scared of the strangers and her tribe captures John Smith, but Pocahontas saves his life and makes friends with some of the white people. However, this doesn't stop the fighting, and soon Pocahontas finds herself kidnapped and living among the English. ~ Steph

  • 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 #: 050794
    ISBN: 9780310745648
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    We have all heard C. S. Lewis's statements of who Jesus Christ must be: a liar, lunatic, or God. But, have we stopped and thought about this statement? Who is Jesus, really? Lee Strobel, a brilliant writer and journalist, was an atheist who set out to disprove Christianity and Jesus' claims. However, after digging into the research and evidence, he made a 180-degree turn and found that everything Jesus' claimed about Himself was true. Strobel has now made his findings available to all in this exceptional book. In a three-step journey, he will take readers through the evidence, starting with evaluating Jesus' claims concerning Himself and the identity of Jesus as the foretold Messiah. Next, readers will take a look at the validity of the biographies of Christ and extra-biblical evidence for Christ's existence. Finally, readers will get an inside look into what happened during the resurrection. With the engaging graphics and easy-to-follow writing style, this book will appeal to teenagers. 115 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 045154
    ISBN: 9780890518328
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    A Biblically based activity book that helps your preschooler review colors, numbers, letters, shapes, opposites and other basic skills (such as sequencing). The book tells the story of Noah with pleasant rhyme, detailed pictures to color in, and activities to do. It also directs students to learn various key concepts. For example, color the grain that Ham and his wife gather yellow; follow steps to draw a rectangle since the ark was rectangular shaped; learn alphabet letters using the included Noah Alphabet song. Each page emphasizes the story while reinforcing preschool concepts so children review both simultaneously. Activities include tracing, coloring, mazes, counting, etc. A nice, Biblically based review activity book. From Master Books and part of the Biblical Beginnings for Preschoolers curriculum. 8 1/2” x 11”, 98 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 027113
    ISBN: 9780936163963
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    "Eighty-five percent of audience members cannot remember the main point of a speech immediately after hearing it." This statement made by Jeff Myers in the DVD portion of this program is shocking. How can you be a great communicator if most of your audience doesn't even remember what you said? Jeff Myers shares six steps to help you become a great public speaker and overcome that statistic in this program. The kit includes a student text, a 6-session DVD series, and a CD-ROM teaching guide for a group setting. Beginning with lessons on shaping the student himself, he shares the effect that the ability to speak can have on one's entire life and helps students conquer their fear of public speaking. He then moves on to teach the characteristics that shape a great speech: gaining maximum impact, reaching the heart of the audience, delivering the talk with confidence, and tips for an unforgettable speech. Each step consists of an interesting book lesson and a 15-30 minute DVD segment. Every lesson begins with a story of a great communicator from history including Billy Graham, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill. You then turn to your TV to learn from Jeff, via DVD, the heart of each lesson. Jeff animatedly shares stories and advice as he talks you through each step. Pages in the book correspond to his lecture so you can follow along and take away the important points. The next section reviews the points Jeff shared in the DVD and goes in-depth with each as it provides specific insight and encouragement to help you apply each lesson to your own life and communication. Students are faced with thoughtful questions to answer in response to each strategy and provided with helpful outlines and worksheets in the personal application section of each lesson. Each chapter ends with a speech project, complete with a helpful outline, to enable you to incorporate the skills just learned into your public speaking. Outlines for additional types of speaking, such as introducing a speaker, making a presentation to one person, giving a eulogy, and other instances are provided in the back. Quotes from Jeff and famous people throughout history adorn each page to offer additional insight and tips. Please note that student texts are also available separately for multiple students. ~ Steph
  • Item #: 200261
    ISBN: 9781591660132
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    Alone in the middle of a war, 12 year old Hans and 9 year old Gretchen aid a young Jewish boy in his escape from the Nazis. Their long dangerous journey takes them through two hundred kilometers of Austrian countryside, hunted by the Nazis with every step. They risk everything, but in the end they gain more than they hoped for.

  • Item #: 069859
    ISBN: 9780996771351
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    Teacher Manual includes daily lesson plans, step-by-step instructions, reproducible student pages, reading practice pages, activities, enrichment activities, handwriting guidelines, documentation of skills taught, and appendices with additional resources.

    Recommended Literature list for Level E:

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, Robert the Rose Horse, Daisy-Head Mayzie, Alexander Graham Bell, Out of Darkness: Story of Louis Braille, Helen Keller, Courage in the Dark, Noisy Paint Box, Starry, Starry Night, Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System, Wind Blew, Umbrella, Chilly Milly Moo, Blizzards, Give it a Push? Give it a Pull? A Look at Forces, Elmer and Super El, Move It! Motion, Forces, and You, Its True, Diary of a Spider, Just Itzy, Anansi the Spider, Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin, Where the Mild Things Are and Where the Wild Things Are

  • Item #: 069066
    ISBN: 9781629820378
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       This great resource can be used at the PK-K level to teach simple science concepts connected with Bible truth. 34 easy-to-use lessons include colored illustrations and pictures and supply list. “What to do” gives the steps for the activity or experiment, an explanation of what happened or was observed, and an application with Bible reference. Lessons are short and age-appropriate and can be used in conjunction with the Christian Liberty Preschool Activity Book or as a stand-alone science program. 28 lessons are themed with a letter of the alphabet. For example, J for Joyful Noise (Music). Children use jars of water in varying amounts to create music by tapping on them. The Bible Application is about music as worship, David playing his harp for King Saul, and the angels singing at Jesus’ birth. The 2-3 page lessons are random science concepts with fun hands-on activities. Note taking pages are included at the back. Spiral bound, 130 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 066037
    ISBN: 9781481404242
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     Sparky is excited to receive his K-9 badge, collar and cap. Finally, he can be a real hero. Searching for dogs in need, he meets Tidbit, who’s greatest struggle is learning to read. Sparky steps up to conquer his greatest super hero challenge in this encouraging story for young readers.

  • Item #: 065417
    ISBN: 9781930749245
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    Written by a Jewish Christian, Zola Levitt, this booklet provides perspective and explanation on the symbols and steps of Passover. In addition, the Jewish perspective clarifies Gentile interpretations of Communion and Easter. Relaying the components of the Passover meal as his father had directed it, Levitt evenly discusses the first Passover (from Exodus) and modern celebrations and how these point to our Savior Jesus as the Passover lamb. While helping us connect with our Jewish neighbors, this booklet will expand and clarify our understanding of a key event in biblical history and the Christian faith. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 060270
    ISBN: 9781466477469
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    This activity book (workbook) is designed to help students uncover what they value most and help them self-define the morals and values that make them who they are. The reader works through twenty chapters which focus on character and morals. The first 8 provide a basis for the students understanding of himself: learning to think about ones own thoughts and feelings, interpreting mistakes, finding balance and journeying to reach for ones dreams, etc. Then, the remaining chapters address some specific morals: honesty; learning; respect; peace in nature (appreciation for and value of environment); boundaries; healthy relationships; consequences; forgiveness; humor; gratitude and diversity. Note: no rationale is suggested for why one should have these traits; there are no Biblical references or motivations listed other than those implicitly suggested by quotations from other children who have also worked through this book. Ultimately, the student himself will determine the reasoning. Each trait is briefly described; a criteria checklist is then provided to help the student evaluate his own ability in each area. The student then reads quotations from other kids regarding the topic. The next step asks the student to think about and practice the principles, imagining and drawing themselves using that principle. Finally, the student is asked to answer specific introspective questions. The lesson culminates in writing a final summation of the students view about this trait. These twenty summation statements then become the students overall mission statement.

    To explain this practically, lets use the trait of Honesty. Some goal statements are "I will strive to be honest with myself and with others; I can count on myself and count on others". After reading other kids statements, the student is asked to think about honesty and practice it that day. Finally, the student is asked to write "Why its important to be honest; think about a time when you were dishonest; How did your dishonesty affect you and the person you lied to?", etc. Then the student sums up what he/she has learned and create a mission statement. After completing the book, a student will have developed a life mission statement based on the 20 statements theyve created in the workbook. Designed as a complete workbook with no additional items necessary. Note: no Biblical content. 196 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 058750
    ISBN: 9781771470032
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    If you're like me, you love comic books. However, if you're lucky enough to have the drawing skills that I lack, then this book is for you. Draw Out the Story presents ten tips for using the comic book medium to tell your own tales and adventures. These tips cover subjects like taking your time, knowing your tools, and letting your personality shine. The author, Brian McLachlan (creative mind behind Princess Planet and regular contributor to OWL Magazine) presents his points not only in text, but with drawn examples to make sure each of his 10 main ideas is understood. Some great starting activities are included, such as writing and drawing exercises and writing prompts. This book is a great next step for the artist who is looking to tell stories with his characters. 143 pages with lots of color illustrations; sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 057948
    ISBN: 9781601841278
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    Word problems are a fun way to build logic and comprehension skills. These particular problems focus on language rather than math. Children have to pay close attention to the wording and details to solve the problems. Introduce a problem a day as a warm up activity. Because these are made for young students, the vocabulary and situations are relatable and familiar, built around a family named the Wordly's. There is a performance assessment after every 7 problems, and 77 total problems (not counting the testing opportunities.) Here is a problem from the middle of the book called Pajama Drawer:

    First is the word problem, "The youngest Wordly boy's dresser holds his pajamas, pants, & shirts. The dresser has 3 drawers. Each type of clothing is in a separate drawer. The middle drawer holds his shirts. His pants are in the bottom drawer. In which drawer are his pajamas? Then you talk about it, "Are his pants & pajamas in the same drawer? (no) How many drawers are there? (3) How many different types of clothing are there? (3) The next step is called picture it: (materials: paper & pencil) Draw 3 drawers. Draw to show where the shirts are. Draw where the pants are. Draw where his pajamas are. And finally, the solution: The pajamas are in the top drawer.

    The performance assessments have this same format, the students are just doing it without any help from you. In the back is a page index where you can look up a certain skill such as time, money, shape, sequence, etc. The problems are short and sweet, as a warm up should be, but are enough to get your little learners thinking critically and actively. Spiral bound, sc, 6.5x8.5", 90pp ~Sara

  • Item #: 056906
    ISBN: 9780310098553
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    The Beginner's Bible was the first Bible story book that my children read by themselves. It will always have a fond place in my heart for that reason alone. But the brightly illustrated, simply written book that tells the story of God's people and His Son, Jesus, is a favorite of many. You can take that well-loved story book one step further with this curriculum kit. Designed to provide 30 preschool lessons based on the stories from the Beginner's Bible, each video lesson covers three or so book lessons and utilizes the same artwork but with dramatized audio. You can either watch the video lessons or read the stories from the Bible (or both). Additional Resources in the Kit include PDF files for each lesson. A teacher's lesson sheet includes a master supply list and an optional supply list, step-by-step lesson plans, suggested activities, and applications for the lesson. Color sheets and a family page outline devotion activities for the week. Included in this kit: The Beginner's Bible hardcover storybook Bible, The Beginner's Bible Curriculum DVD-ROM (28 animated stories, 2 review lessons, 30 printable lessons in PDF format, and a Getting Started Guide). Although technically designed as a preschool curriculum, I could see this being used as a young family's first homeschool Bible curriculum; it even provides reading practice for emerging readers. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 053184
    ISBN: 9781554538027
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    Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to play we go! Divided by seasons, this book is loaded with fun activities to pique your kids' interest in nature and the world out side their back door. Step-by-step project instructions are interspersed with facts about creatures and natural phenomena. Spring ideas include making bird houses from plastic bottles, collecting swamp water to observe, and juggling bubbles and lots of games to play with friends. Summer ideas include composting with worms you find, beach games, making a treasure hunt, summer constellations to find in the night sky. Fall activities include watching animals prepare for winter, Frisbee golf, making rock art, and hide and seek games. Winter has a lot of indoor games like pick up sticks, cards, coin tricks and other stuff like feeding birds with suet you make and playing hopscotch in the snow. The next time your kids say there's nothing to do outside, pull out this book and see what they come up with. 174 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 049825
    ISBN: 9781602201132
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.50

       Chinese calligraphy is beautiful and ancient. Whether you are an art student studying the language or culture, travelling abroad or perhaps just have an interest in an introduction to writing Kaishu, this book offers clear instruction & illustrations. Kaishu is the standard script in Chinese calligraphy. Learn about famous Chinese calligraphers like Wang Xizhi (303-361) who was known as the calligraphy sage of his time. The historical information in here is fascinating! It really makes you want to learn more about writing the characters. Color photos of ancient texts are found throughout. Then you get ready to write and gather your materials: a writing brush, ink stick, paper and ink stone. Everything is important, from your posture to your mood. It will take a lot of practice, but the most basic strokes are clearly explained and shown followed by pages and pages of exercises. You may want to make your own grid paper with lines in each box for practice as shown in the book. I like this book for a middle or high school student, or even an adult, with an interest in the topic. It’s quite well done! 8.5x11”, 80pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 049707
    ISBN: 9781593634308
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.55

    You would expect a 550 page book on gifted children and parents to include a wide range of topics and this one does not disappoint. From a variety of authors – each with his or her niche in terms of gifted expertise – the privilege and responsibility of raising a child whose abilities may surprise and astound, whose sensitivities may confuse, whose idiosyncrasies may amaze, and whose educational needs may overwhelm is carefully considered. Because these authors have a full range of experience, the pages are packed with practical, helpful, encouraging, and exciting steps of action from assessment to advocacy, characteristics and diversity to family dynamics, preschool precocity to college, and twice-exceptional and specific needs to programming options (i.e. how to educate). In fact, the “programming” section sets this book apart from other gifted handbooks since it considers the full breadth of options – including homeschooling – rather than focusing on the more typical public school programs although those are covered as well. If you have a gifted child – or suspect that you do – you can expect understanding, direction, encouragement and help from this collection. Note: this book is from a secular publisher and the realities of diversity and sexuality are candidly discussed. Paperback. Janice

  • Item #: 048859
    ISBN: 9780975494219
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Fascinating facts about wildlife, coupled with drawing instruction for the beginning nature journalist, make this a perfect supplement to the Handbook of Nature Study or other nature instructional text. Each two- or four-page spread is devoted to a different animal and contains: a good amount of interesting information about the animal; one or more artist-rendered sketches; and step-by-step drawing instructions to sketch the animal yourself. The book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Colleen and Michael Monroe. Colleen is the writer, and she has included interesting and sometimes surprising facts about each subject (did you know that newborn fawns are born with no scent to protect them from predators?). Michael is a nationally known, award-winning (and self-taught) wildlife artist who spends most of his year visiting schools around the country, encouraging children to never give up on their dreams. His love of nature and wildlife is reflected in the sketches which adorn each page. The drawing instruction is detailed, begins with simple shapes, includes written instruction for adding features through the illustrated progression of steps, and ends with a completed sketch that very closely resembles part of the artist's depiction. Two pages of drawing tips, including a mini-lesson on shading, precede the actual text. Subjects include: hummingbirds, birds, ducks, loons, turtles, herons, frogs, rabbits, white-tailed deer, white-tailed fawns, owls, bears, and wolves. The book ends with some simple things you can do to help wildlife like keeping dangerous litter contained, building birdhouses, and planting flowers. The book is about 36 pages in landscape format with a hard cover, making it a little more durable for outdoor use.

  • Item #: 046656
    ISBN: 9781250075772
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    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 #: 041657
    ISBN: 9780307261007
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.95

    In this Richard Scarry story, Farmer Pig finds he needs a helper around the farm. He enlists Charlie Cat to help him out, but then wonders if he was better off on his own?

  • Item #: 040536
    ISBN: 9781894666701
    Retail: $10.90
    Rainbow Price: $9.30

    Quintus is sixteen years old and proud of his Roman citizenship. With his father dead and his mother dying, his uncle steps in to find him an apprenticeship to a tentmaker outside of the city. He soon finds himself under the care of Aquilla and Priscilla in a world so different from what he is use to. The people he works with speak of love for neighbors, love for God, and love for a man who died for them thirty years ago. Through Quintus' eyes, you will learn a great deal about the historical events that took place in the summer of 64 A.D., as Christians become the central target for great persecution under the commands of Emperor Nero. This is a gripping story that depicts many of the horrors that Christians had to endure, but in a tamed down way that saves adolescent readers from too many gory details. A great fictional story that shows the difficulties that were placed upon early believers and how God worked it all to His Glory. 135 pgs, pb. – elise