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  • Item #: 014693
    ISBN: 9780769642567
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  • Item #: 034009
    ISBN: 9780439671620
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    This is a fun book and CD combination to help students memorize their multiplication tables and have fun singing in the process. The CD includes twelve fun tunes that are each sung in a different style. There's a tango, a march, pop-reggae, bluegrass, rock, waltz, a sea chantey, country-western, rhythm and blues, jazz, a rap, and calypso. Though the songs definitely have a beat and there are drums and other instruments involved in a few of the songs, none of the music is exceptionally hard. The song lyrics aren't merely just numbers being multiplied, like many multiplication songs. Each song includes a fun story or encouragement about learning that goes with the style of music, then of course some multiplying of numbers. Songs focus on multiplying by one, counting in twos, counting by threes, multiplying by fours up to 40, counting by fives up to 50, counting by sixes up to 60, multiplying by sevens up to 63, and multiplying by eights up to 88. One song teaches the trick about how to multiply nines, while another jazz song points out that something times nothing is nothing at all. A special song is given to the "hardest" multiplication fact (8 x 7 = 56), and a calypso celebration sings of the joys of multiplication and includes random multiplication of numbers. Overall, this is a very fun CD to listen to, and children will memorize their time tables effortlessly as they sing along. The accompanying book includes lyrics to all the songs, suggestions for each song, and a few reproducible handouts like a hundred number chart for use during certain songs. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 034961
    ISBN: 9781594435065
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    A great way to learn about America and her explorers. The courage of these men enabled us to utilize America's beauty and resources, and their personal virtues make them role models even today. Covers many of the famous ones like Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, and Daniel Boone, but also some lesser-knowns like Charles Wilkes and Robert Gray. The movie shows some of America's most beautiful land, along with the heroes and their stories. 50 min.

  • Item #: 015437
    ISBN: 9780980041200
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    Homeschooling mother Mary Ellen Tedrow developed this guide to help parents teach state history and to make sure students think about many different facets of their particular state. It's a very thorough guide that doesn't just give students the answers but prompts them to learn valuable researching skills and use resources like the phone book, encyclopedia, library, and even a congressman. The workbook is not state specific, so it works for any state. It is basically composed of 50 worksheets with blanks for students to fill in as they learn information about statehood, famous people from the state, historical or famous sites, taxes, natural resources, weather, physical features, and other history and statistics. Besides just researching and filling in blanks, students will also draw and color a state flag (and any past flag the state or territory may have had), go on a nature walk to observe and collect the nature of the state, interview someone and write an article about the worst storm they ever experienced in the state, observe and record weather patterns of the state for a month, and more. This non-reproducible workbook provides a great way to study your own or another state. 58 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 063608
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    Techno Gears marble Mania Mini Series is a great way to challenge your child's building skills and introduce them to the Techno Gears Marble Mania line. The Catapult set includes over 100 pieces to build and create your own marble and gear run. Once completed, the spring loaded shooter launches the marble to the top of the build where the track and the fun begins. All Techno Gears Marble Mania sets are interchangeable and the mini sets will require a minimum of 1-2 hours of construction for completion. Ages 6+ years.

  • Item #: 046498
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    Looking for a more exciting way to learn about ancient Rome than just reading about it in books? This great DVD shows the glory and grandeur that was Rome by detailing its architecture, city infrastructures, art, literature, law, traditions, and more. Three scholars share the information while video footage displays Rome, ruins, and artifacts. Learn about ancient Roman achievements that still affect the world today with this informative DVD. From Goldhol Entertainment, runs 50 mins. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 067127
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    Need to review letter sounds, numbers, math facts, or other concepts with your wiggly learner? With this fun and compact set, you can easily whip up a fishing review game to fit just about anything you might be learning! The set includes ten 2.5" to 4" dry-erase laminated fish (each with a magnet embedded inside), a retractable fishing "rod" with magnetic worm and a dry-erase marker. Write math problems, numbers, letters, shapes, words, etc. on the fish, then hand your child the fishing pole and ask them to catch all the fish with words that start with the letter "b" or all the math facts that equal six, etc. Kids will love using the magnetic fishing "rod," which is basically an easy-to-hold plastic fish and a worm. Kids can easily grasp the plastic fish in their hand, press the button and the worm will reel itself in, along with the magnetic fish. You can also add more fish by making your own magnetic fish, even out of construction paper and paper clips. And it all comes packaged in a small, shelf-friendly box. Jess

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  • Item #: 072049
    ISBN: 9789814736381
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        For those looking for extra practice specifically using the Singapore methodology, this series can be used to supplement any Singapore Math curriculum and is aligned to Singapore Math for US Standards. Each level includes five types of activities or exercises. Fact Builders offer practice with specific strategies for understanding concepts, Fact Strategy Practice helps students identify and apply strategies, Apply and Build Knowledge incorporates real-world problems, Writing About Math gives opportunity for students to discover and make connections, and Challenge Questions prepare for the next step in learning. These books are black and white with plenty of space for writing; instruction is minimal since these are intended for practice and reinforcement. Answer Keys aren’t included in the books; however, instructions are found in the front of each book for downloading a free answer key (PDF) at the publisher’s website (http://www.mceducation.us/resources). Help your students become fluent using the Singapore Math methodology. The books vary in length. pb. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 057377
    ISBN: 9781593633400
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    I've always thought of homeschooling as less about the specific points of information and much more about teaching students how to think and how to solve problems by retrieving for themselves any information they want to know. This book gives you a road-map for doing that and specifically doing that in our technology-based culture. More than just methods of looking up information, this book provides problems – and shows you (the mentor) how to guide your students through and into the process of good problem-solving methodologies. Taking this approach will take some time and effort for the teacher/mentor – reading through and setting up the structure – but the benefits for our children are numerous.

    Starting with the basics of why (problem-based learning) and how (fusing the internet with problem-based learning), the coaching plans are outlined, session-by-session (engagement, investigation, solution building, and debriefing) – 14 sessions total. There is a wealth of how-to information here – you'll get an education yourself in problem-solving methodologies. It's very practical, right down to the problem logs and assessment rubrics. Problem Logs are a key component – the blueprints that "walk" your student through the problem-solving process. These are step-by-step reproducible worksheets that can be employed with any problem and are used particularly with the eight problem units provided with this text. To give you a better idea of what we're talking about, here are the Problem Logs:

    • Getting Started. (What do I know? What are my hunches? Fact or opinion?)
    • Searching the Internet. (Using web addresses to visit the web. Is the information relevant; reliable?)
    • Following links. (What's the answer to our question?)
    • Putting the Puzzle Together.

    • What is the Problem? (The big question. Rules to follow)
    • Planning Your Internet Search. (What do I need to know? Doing a search. Did I find new pieces to the puzzle?)
    • How Should the Problem be Solved? (What are the possibilities? Both good and bad things can happen. What is the best thing to do?)
    • Thinking Back.

    The eight problem solving units are where the "rubber meets the road" so to speak. This is where the student begins (by using the Problem Logs) and you begin your work as coach/mentor through the process. There are four units for grades 3-4 and four for grades 5-6; each representing a 14 session problem-solving process. Can the Food Pyramid Help? is an example of a younger unit while How Am I Going To Survive Until I'm Rescued? is an older unit. Each unit provides an overview for the teacher, problem definition, unit objective (in various subject areas) and then unique features of the investigation along with some websites specific to the problem.

    As mentioned before, this process will take some preparation work by the coach/mentor but the book – written for the teacher – is designed to hold your hand through the process. The very real-life benefits to our children can be counted as both problem-solving skills and research skills – a win/win. 150 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 072045
    ISBN: 9789814736343
    Retail: $0.00
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       For those looking for extra practice specifically using the Singapore methodology, this series can be used to supplement any Singapore Math curriculum and is aligned to Singapore Math for US Standards. Each level includes five types of activities or exercises. Fact Builders offer practice with specific strategies for understanding concepts, Fact Strategy Practice helps students identify and apply strategies, Apply and Build Knowledge incorporates real-world problems, Writing About Math gives opportunity for students to discover and make connections, and Challenge Questions prepare for the next step in learning. These books are black and white with plenty of space for writing; instruction is minimal since these are intended for practice and reinforcement. Answer Keys aren’t included in the books; however, instructions are found in the front of each book for downloading a free answer key (PDF) at the publisher’s website (http://www.mceducation.us/resources). At the grade K and 1 levels, the answer keys also include a bit of instruction that may be helpful in implementing some of the activities. Help your students become fluent using the Singapore Math methodology. The books vary in length. pb. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 072046
    ISBN: 9789814736350
    Retail: $0.00
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       For those looking for extra practice specifically using the Singapore methodology, this series can be used to supplement any Singapore Math curriculum and is aligned to Singapore Math for US Standards. Each level includes five types of activities or exercises. Fact Builders offer practice with specific strategies for understanding concepts, Fact Strategy Practice helps students identify and apply strategies, Apply and Build Knowledge incorporates real-world problems, Writing About Math gives opportunity for students to discover and make connections, and Challenge Questions prepare for the next step in learning. These books are black and white with plenty of space for writing; instruction is minimal since these are intended for practice and reinforcement. Answer Keys aren’t included in the books; however, instructions are found in the front of each book for downloading a free answer key (PDF) at the publisher’s website (http://www.mceducation.us/resources). Help your students become fluent using the Singapore Math methodology. The books vary in length. pb. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 072047
    ISBN: 9789814736367
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.90

        For those looking for extra practice specifically using the Singapore methodology, this series can be used to supplement any Singapore Math curriculum and is aligned to Singapore Math for US Standards. Each level includes five types of activities or exercises. Fact Builders offer practice with specific strategies for understanding concepts, Fact Strategy Practice helps students identify and apply strategies, Apply and Build Knowledge incorporates real-world problems, Writing About Math gives opportunity for students to discover and make connections, and Challenge Questions prepare for the next step in learning. These books are black and white with plenty of space for writing; instruction is minimal since these are intended for practice and reinforcement. Answer Keys aren’t included in the books; however, instructions are found in the front of each book for downloading a free answer key (PDF) at the publisher’s website (http://www.mceducation.us/resources). Help your students become fluent using the Singapore Math methodology. The books vary in length. pb. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 072050
    ISBN: 9789814736336
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.90

      For those looking for extra practice specifically using the Singapore methodology, this series can be used to supplement any Singapore Math curriculum and is aligned to Singapore Math for US Standards. Each level includes five types of activities or exercises. Fact Builders offer practice with specific strategies for understanding concepts, Fact Strategy Practice helps students identify and apply strategies, Apply and Build Knowledge incorporates real-world problems, Writing About Math gives opportunity for students to discover and make connections, and Challenge Questions prepare for the next step in learning. These books are black and white with plenty of space for writing; instruction is minimal since these are intended for practice and reinforcement. Answer Keys aren’t included in the books; however, instructions are found in the front of each book for downloading a free answer key (PDF) at the publisher’s website (http://www.mceducation.us/resources). At the grade K and 1 levels, the answer keys also include a bit of instruction that may be helpful in implementing some of the activities. Help your students become fluent using the Singapore Math methodology. The books vary in length. pb. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 020968
    ISBN: 9781404857025
    Retail: $8.95
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  • Item #: 047510
    ISBN: 9781465451873
    Retail: $14.99
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     The boring old multiplication chart just got pizzazz! And this new spinning spiral version is just the beginning. This book goes systematically through the facts (twos/fours, threes, fives/tens, sixes, sevens/eights, nines, and elevens/twelves) to provide lots of clues and helps for learning (i.e. memorizing) these troublesome facts. In the format of an interactive board book (heavy cardboard) with flaps to lift as well as the grand spiral on the front cover, learning multiplication facts just got a whole lot more interesting. If colors and patterns and “tricks” are helpful to your student for learning material, then this book will be a hit. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 057781
    ISBN: 9780062266897
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    The Level A books in Box Set 1  work through the short vowel sounds, beginning with Big Pig, Nat the Cat, Tug the Pup and then Pen Hen. But they don’t restrict themselves to just short vowels or single consonants. The third book introduces long vowel sounds as in “likes” and “make”. Consonant pairs are introduced from the beginning of the series.

  • Item #: 068407
    Retail: $39.95
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  • Item #: 021646
    ISBN: 9780764167461
    Retail: $18.99
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    Some atlases may intimidate kids because of their size. Some may intimidate with maps so full of detail kids go cross-eyed just looking at the page. Not this one. It has just the right amount of information and detail for elementary and middle-school students. The maps have a cartoonish feel, with illustrations of ethnic people, landmarks and geographic features spread evenly throughout. Photos with captions of important things to note about each region also expand the content of each map page. The maps in the atlas are arranged by continent. The Americas, Asia, and Europe all have a fold-out spreads (11" x 37") showing topographical maps of the entire continent. Those continents are also examined more closely by region, using political maps that show borders and capital cities. Australia, Africa and Antarctica also have non-fold-out political maps covering a two-page spread. Though of the three, only Africa is detailed through regional, political maps. Facts, figures, features and history are doled out in small text boxes across each map, giving a taste of the things to see and places to know in each region. And just to capture students right away, as they open the front cover of the atlas, a 19" square world map unfolds showing all of the countries and flags of the world in spectacular color! 55 pgs, pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 068409
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  • Item #: 068408
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  • Item #: 017211
    Retail: $34.95
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    Home science kits cover just about every possible topic, using experiments to demonstrate concepts and solidify an understanding of the given subject. This one is dedicated to the field of electricity and covers the scope well. The experiment manual begins with an in-depth look at the components inside, using proper terminology to introduce each component. Components are given a name, illustration, pictorial representation, and schematic symbol (the ones found inside thick textbooks), all color-coded and explained for ease-of-use. Advanced information is mixed with simple language, resulting in interesting, easy-to-learn material. Students are given an opportunity to learn real-world science without frying their brains! Preparation is covered in equally great detail, with pictures filling each page and explaining how components work together and how the kit functions as a whole. Finally, in each experiment, a list of parts and a full-picture, labeled diagram is given along with an advanced circuit diagram. Each set-up has a series of similar experiments to go along with it, with step-by-step instructions and descriptions of what's happening in the experiment and real-world examples of a similar electrical system. By the end of the book, your student should have a thorough understanding of electricity and its many facets. Unleash that spark of interest!
  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683581
    Retail: $110.00
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    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 063613
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    Younger elementary children and those who struggle with reading and writing abilities are the intended users of this year long science course. Mixing stories about common farm and home animals, coloring pages, oral discussion and copywork later in the book, children will learn about bees, horses, birds, cats, mice and other friendly critters.

  • Item #: 044677
    ISBN: 9780977732302
    Retail: $24.95
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    Mastery of basic math facts is the goal of this 232-page reproducible book. Unlike other books, counting and the tricks taught here are to aid in the memory of the facts, not used as a substitute. You will need a set of math flash cards to implement the program, unless you want to make up your own. You can start at Tier 1 with a beginning student or begin wherever needed with a remedial student or one who already has mastered some of the facts. There are six tiers in the book; beginning with the second, all math facts from previous tiers are reviewed. Each tier section begins with a page of instructions and information for using the worksheets within. For each math "trick," corresponding math fact cards (flashcards) are assigned. Math fact cards should be added to and practiced daily. The tiers are not organized by number sequence (first introducing all +0, then all +1 facts, etc.), but by ease of learning for children. So, in Tier 1, the following "tricks" are presented: Number +1, Doubles (1's, 2's, 5's), Backwards 1; Doubles (1's, 2's, 5's, 3's); Zero; Doubles (1-5); Doubles Subtraction; Right Next to Each Other; Doubles Subtractions; 2 Ladder. In between pages that introduce and model the tricks are review pages, making the program very incremental and "fail-proof". Text is clean, problems nicely spaced, and both horizontal and vertical forms are practiced. A Record-Keeping Checklist allows students to track their progress through the tricks and tiers. The Math Facts Baseline Recorder lists all 81 addition and subtraction facts. As facts are mastered, they are circled on this sheet.

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

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
    Retail: $79.00
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    While it may sound ambitious to think your child can learn letter sounds, letter recognition, blending sounds, reading, writing, spelling and typing all in one program, this well-produced and engaging software may help them do just that. It is made up of two CD-ROMs: Read, Write & Type! and Spaceship Challenge. Read, Write & Type! is the core of the program and provides the instruction, while Spaceship Challenge provides assessment. There are 40 lessons in Read, Write & Type! with a new letter or sound introduced in each one until children have learned the basic 40 speech sounds in English. These sounds include 21 which are represented by one consonant, 5 represented by two consonants (sh, th, ch, wh, and ng), the short and long sounds of each vowel, and then "oo" as in both "look" and "tool," "ou" as in "loud," and "aw" as in "hawk." The lessons are grouped into levels where four letters or sounds are learned at each level. If you follow the plan provided, children will complete one level in Read, Write & Type! before they switch to Spaceship Challenge for testing on what they've learned (starting after Level 2). The lessons are based around games, so learning is a fun and interactive experience. When you begin the program, the user can view the introduction to learn the back-story and be introduced to the characters (or storytellers). Most of the time the screen you will see includes a keyboard with keys divided under right and left "houses" and two little hands in the corners. The player also sees that each of the letters (and corresponding storyteller) "live" in a key shown on the animated keyboard. Above the keyboard, the scene changes as the user plays different games. In the introduction Vexor, a nasty virus, comes to town and steals all the letters from the animated keyboard. It's up to the player and the two talking hands to work together to win all of the letters back. As the player begins each round, they see which letter Vexor will offer to give back, pending the player's performance on the games. The player is instructed on how to type that letter on the keyboard, and the sound of the letter is pronounced (letters found on the left-hand side of the keyboard within easy reach are the first to be introduced). The player then plays a series of games with Vexor to try and win the letter. These are based heavily on sound and ask the child to associate the sound with a picture and determine if the sound is made when saying the name of the object in the picture. Different games test the player's ability to identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. Players are constantly encouraged to say the name of the pictures or the sounds of the letters out loud as they type to engage their eyes, ears, mouths and fingers to learn the letters and sounds. After they play the letter/sound games with Vexor, they must help the letter's storyteller get to the Story Tree by typing the letters they hear pronounced by an animated mouth. At the Story Tree, the mouth again pronounces the sounds of letters, and later words and simple sentences, as they type to complete the story. The games are different in Spaceship Challenge, although the emphasis is still on recognizing sounds and matching to letters. In the Sound Game, a picture shows one of three different monitors, and the player will identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word pictured. The Reading Game tests reading comprehension by asking the player to match the sentence or word to one of the pictures shown below. In the Spelling Game, a picture is shown and the word is pronounced, and the player is asked to type in the word correctly. If the player completes these tasks at or above the threshold for passing, they move on to the next level in Read, Write & Type! Additional fun reinforcement activities include the Power Fountain game which reinforces typing accuracy and speed, and a simulated e-mail area, where children can type and "send" messages (a selection of stored responses are "sent" in return). The spiral-bound lesson book also includes plenty of introductory material for parents, including an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, and more (please note that the book does reference some additional pieces like posters and keyboard covers that have not been included with the program for quite some time). All in all, this program has some good things going for it. The software is well-produced, not cheesy, and the sounds that are pronounced are clear and easy to understand. Because the emphasis is on learning the sounds, not just letter recognition (players are even asked to type "fffff," not "F"), this aids them in learning to sound out and recognize words later on. The games are fun to play and motivational, and the range of supplementary materials included and available (some on their website) round out the program to include non-computer time. Additionally, children will get plenty of typing practice with no pressure for speed, which gives them a leg up on children who don't learn to type until they are older. While I wouldn't use this in place of a phonics program, it is a meaty supplement that may be best used with a "no-frills" instruction book like How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy or The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and/or with phonics workbooks (to reinforce writing skills which are not used as much in the software). This will provide practice they'll want to do! Please note that this is the 2000 edition of the program on CD-ROM; the newest version is only available from Talking Fingers as a download.System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (but not Windows 7); Macintosh 7.5-9.2 or OS X Classic. - Jess

  • Item #: 024233
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    Everyone knows that bubbles are fun, but they can be educational, too. This kit includes everything you need to make amazing bubbles, plus bubble-themed experiments. What's the first step for making bubbles? Start with a good recipe. Follow the directions in this kit to make a couple of different types of soap, including one specifically for making giant bubbles. Begin with a few simple experiments to see why a bubble does what it does, learning about the surface tension at work. Then on to the fun stuff, as you experiment with different bubble sizes, shapes, and variations (like blowing a bubble inside a bubble). You'll make giant bubbles, linked bubbles, bubble bridges and more! This kit includes soap solution concentrate, parts for a bubble frame, a bubble ring & tray, a toy car, a couple of measuring cups, a funnel, two pieces of colored paper, and three drinking straws. The included experiment manual has 48 pages full of facts and photos. –Chad
  • Item #: 024237
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    There's nothing quite like watching a huge storm blow in, the family huddled around the window to marvel as the rain falls and the lightning strikes. This kit provides a fun, hands-on way to learn more about the science behind those storms. There's more to weather than just clouds and water – learn about the atmosphere, hydrosphere, climates, and other factors that affect what we see up in the sky. You'll do 23 interactive experiments using the included materials (plus common household items): make a globe, create your own clouds, build a rain gauge, track the temperature, and so much more. The kit includes: sphere, pre-cut cardboard, basin, globe sticker sheet, 5 incense cones, a balloon, disk, tubing, thermometer, petri dish, sponge, 3 tealight cups, pipette, 50 grams of clay, 2 rubber bands, a drinking straw, and a few more various & sundry items. –Chad