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  • Item #: 023817
    ISBN: 9781576907641
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Keyboarding is now a critical skill that should be taught correctly from the start. When children are not given directed instructions on keyboarding, they will begin to develop their own techniques which generally limit accuracy and speed. Dr. Fry's Computer Keyboarding for Beginners is designed to teach your child to keyboard using the correct method. By the end of the 20 lessons, your child will know the location of the letters and symbols on the keyboard (and which fingers are used to strike which keys) and be able to accurately use the 10 finger touch type method. Enh

  • Item #: 070736
    ISBN: 9780985723101
    Retail: $65.00
    Rainbow Price: $59.95

    Learning the keyboard is imperative for today's student. Take your typing course to the next level with this 34-week course. Weekly lessons follow a similar format: a classroom or group lesson (parents can read through this lesson with their children) and four daily practice lessons. Practice lessons have the student review the material from the group lesson in daily increments followed by 10-20 minutes of typing practice per day. The author recommends a simple text editor like Microsoft Notepad®, Microsoft Wordpad® or Apple Textedit® (free with your computer operating system) for practice. These programs do not include spell checkers or auto correct features that will cover mistakes and prevent the student from learning correctly.

    The first weekly lesson in the textbook is critical to success. Covering the differences between typing and keyboarding, various keys, the QWERTY keyboard, correct typing posture along and more, the first week ends with a baseline 3-minute typing test. I appreciate the focus on correct hand position and sitting posture as a preventative measure against carpal tunnel syndrome. Lessons cover nearly every aspect of the computer keyboard. Here is just a sample of the skills learned: the space bar and enter key; home row, the letter keys, punctuation and special keys, shift key/caps lock key, practice with typing common words including articles, conjunctions, helping verbs, pronouns and prepositions, learning to use the numeric key pad, tabs/text alignment, typing a friendly letter or business letter, making a certificate of completion plus many others. Complete table of contents is available on our website. Keyboard shortcuts are covered in the appendix. Each lesson focuses on 3-4 letters before advancing to more complicated keys and skills which allows for mastery of material. Students needing more practice can review the practice lessons as necessary, as the suggested practice time is flexible to meet individual student needs.

    A timed typing test is included with every even-numbered lesson to assess student progress. Timed tests begin as one minute tests and progress in length to five minutes by the end of the course. A keyboarding speed progress chart is available at the back of the book to measure progress.

    You may wonder how this course compares to the author's Keyboarding for Homeschoolers -Summer Text? The complete content (13 lessons) from the Summer Text are repeated in this course. Additionally, this course provides more instruction on various special keys like the colon, apostrophe, question marks, brackets, tab key and text alignment, along with additional practice typing commonly used suffixes, helping verbs, pronouns, and prepositions and typing a friendly or business letter. This one year course provides more depth and practice, although some students may do well with a quick summer overview followed by time spent teaching themselves the additional keys and skills for keyboarding aptitude.

    All in all, this is a fully developed, systematic typing course that will provide your high schooler an elective credit on his transcript. It is worth mentioning that the course focuses on memorization of the keyboard through practice on a covered keyboard. A mini-keyboard with color-coded keys is a recommended resource and the author has included a reproducible copy in the textbook. Unfortunately, the color-coded keys are not well distinguished in the black and white graphic. I would recommend printing a keyboard with color-coded keys (coded for finger use) from the internet rather than using the included graphic. Whether college or workforce bound, keyboarding is a valuable skill that our young people need for success and this well-organized, easy to use course may provide them everything necessary for success. SC. 284 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 072881
    Retail: $29.95
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    Lots of features for a low price on this 37-key kid’s piano. Keys are labeled on keyboard, with each octave distinguished from others. Unit can be set to mimic 7 other instruments in addition to piano. Large drum keys for bass, snare, hi-hat and cymbal add to the keyboard melody. Background rhythms in 8 different styles are supplied for the child to play along with, with tempo keys to speed up or slow down the rhythm. Record and playback options are included, and, (mercifully!), volume controls as well. Demo batteries (3 AA) are included. Approx 21” x 7” x 2”.

  • Item #: 049316
    ISBN: 9780595383191
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.73

    Knowledge of keyboarding skills is vital for today's students. Although many of our young people have a basic understanding of the keyboard, learning to efficiently use the keyboard may have great benefits. Containing short, easy to follow lessons, this book teaches the essential skills necessary to successfully type: alphabetic keys, symbols and number keys, and the number key pad. Other word processing skills are also taught: centering, enumerated lists, formats for envelopes, reports and business letters, bibliographies, basic proofreading, and MLA and APA formatting. Touch typing technique and timed keyboarding tests are also included. Exercises based upon Biblical content. All in all, this is a great resource for learning a variety of keyboarding skills. The only downfall I see is the book is not self standing for practice lessons; you may find a "Study Pod" (item #03188) the perfect accompaniment. Pb, 75 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 023906
    ISBN: 9781864691665
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.95
  • Item #: 023895
    ISBN: 9780947183424
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.89
  • Item #: 023892
    ISBN: 9780947183417
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    Includes DVD Video and Audio CD; along with free access to online video and audio for all exercises. 

  • Item #: 058931
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Mavis combines award-winning typing instruction, animated teen instructors, and a fun learning environment to help your kids master their keyboarding skills. Features 3 skill levels, 250 lessons, 200 practice session topics, and 10 games; and it provides detailed tracking of your student's progress. Tech support is available 24 hrs if you have any trouble. Here are the system requirements: Windows: Windows 7, Vista, XP S3 (admin privileges required.) Mac: 10.5 or higher. You will need speakers, a keyboard and a mouse. ~Sara

  • Item #: 007726
    ISBN: 9780838825648
    Retail: $26.45
    Rainbow Price: $19.85

    Learn to type quickly and easily with this multi-sensory touch-typing method. You quickly learn the alphabet (often in less than an hour) and then go on to practice words, phrases, sentences, numbers, symbols, and punctuation. Very quick and efficient. - Megan

  • Item #: 074952
    ISBN: 9780794544058
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.74
  • Item #: 073633
    ISBN: 9781441327734
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.08

  • Item #: 067886
    ISBN: 9780794539337
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.74

      As a pianist, I often find musical piano books to be disappointing. This book, however, fixes every problem I’ve had with those other books. Turn this book sideways and you’ll find a two-octave keyboard that has functioning black keys, the ability to play chords, and is actually designed to be played with both hands, just like the real thing! Each note has a different color, and different octaves have different symbols for easy identification. While the “sheet music” isn’t arranged on an actual staff (my only complaint), notes are arranged as if they were on staffs to convey pitch and distance between notes. Before you know it, your little musicians will be playing Blue Danube Waltz, the theme from Swan Lake, London Bridge, and 7 other included songs. Includes an off switch and the ability to replace batteries. - Laura

  • Item #: 048603
    ISBN: 9780857752642
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95
  • Item #: 040220
    Retail: $49.95
    Rainbow Price: $44.96

  • Item #: 024602
    ISBN: 9780794532086
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.04

    Play classical tunes with this charming musical book. Match the colored dots on the "sheet music" to the colored dots on each piano key, and your aspiring pianist can play tunes like Ode to Joy, Round the Mullberry Bush, Old MacDonald, and more. 22 pg, hc., with a replaceable battery. Laura

  • Item #: 011495
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.05

    This fold out, two-sided chart is great for visual review. One side depicts the entire keyboard, with each note named and displayed on the grand staff; the other side can be used away from the piano for additional practice.

  • Item #: 019348
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Over 250 lessons. System Requirements: WIN XP (Service Pack 2), VISTA; Mac OS 10.4 to 10.5 only.

  • Item #: 023532
    ISBN: 9781579121488
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This book brings the culture and beauty of orchestra music to children by sharing the history of the art, describing the instruments involved, giving fun facts about different composers and music, and providing samples of the music on the accompanying CD. Orchestra Bob, a cartoon gentleman, is the guide through the book. The first half of the book tells about the different composers of orchestra music, and the second half describes the physical layout of an orchestra and the different instruments involved. The first half is broken into the Baroque, Classical Music, Romantic, and Modern Eras, highlighting famous composers from each time period. The book describes how this music became part of and affected each era and shows how each composer affected orchestra music. Orchestra Bob points out when to play certain tracks on the accompanying CD, which give famous samples of many of the composers' works. The book does a good job of highlighting the importance of each composer, but it does not give a thorough biography of each life, more of a general description of the way they affected the art and a list of their greatest works. Colorful text boxes, fun cartoon illustrations, and famous quotes make the book interesting and fun to read, and the music from the CD lets children connect the composers with their creations. The second half of the book covers the instruments themselves and is broken down into string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, as well as keyboard instruments. Readers see an illustration of an orchestra and then go on to learn about the specific instruments involved. The book explains how each instrument is played, points out special features, and gives some details of each instrument's history and development. In this section, Orchestra Bob instructs readers to listen to special tracks on the CD which provide examples of the music made from featured instruments in actual works from different composers. He also points out how to listen for the different instruments that have been discussed. This section is as colorful and fun as the first, with actual photographs of each instrument covered. An index of composers and musical terms is included, as well as a list of the 41 musical selections on the CD (over an hour of music). It provides a great way to listen to the music of the orchestra while simultaneously learning about the history, instruments, and composers. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 031007
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    With a similar mix of lessons, tests, practice material, and games as Typing Instructor, this version is more accessible to younger kids and offers a fun, motivating and effective way to learn typing skills. There are 160 touch-typing lessons which cover all the basic keys (letters, numbers, symbols) on either a standard or a split keyboard (except for the 10-key number pad). There are ten different typing plans, each geared to a different age group. Regardless of the plan they are following, each student learns the keyboard by taking a tour of "Typer Island" and visiting five different lands as they journey to the Castle. As students journey through Old West, On the Water, In the Air, Over the Edge, and Under the Sea, they'll learn new keys and complete exciting challenges (usually timed) like typing to shoot words out of the sky, racing a Viking ship by typing words as quickly as possible, and typing words printed on sharks before they eat you! The activities build upon each other so students can't move on until their skills are ready. The changes in scenery add a lot of variety to the lessons, but you can still rely on helpful features including visual instruction with the 3-D guide hands and keyboard. Accuracy and speed (WPM) are also tracked throughout, with students getting instant feedback on their performance, and earning rewards as well.

    Of course, the arcade-like games will be the most fun to the beginning typist! The further students advance in the program, the more games will be available to them. Once they make it through all five lands, students capture the Castle, which opens the Lost City, a new addition to the program that provides two new games. While capturing the Castle and exploring the Lost City are the ultimate goals of the game, students earn treasures and points all through the program, which keeps them motivated and entertained. Students can also visit Explorer Isle at any point to play their favorite games (except for Lost City games), using only the keys that they have covered already. They can also visit Story Lagoon and practice typing one of 40 familiar stories, including fairy tales and classic literature. With this program's careful progression, interesting storyline, high-quality animation, 30+ games, multiple skill levels, and English/Spanish instruction, it's no wonder it is the winner of so many prestigious educational awards. This one comes highly recommended, folks

    Please note that software comes in a paper sleeve, not a box. There are two versions available; one is designed for Windows or Mac and one that is only compatible with Windows. Both are compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 while Win/Mac version is also compatible with Mac OSX 10.4 or higher (including Snow Leopard). Rachel

  • Item #: 049847
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

  • Item #: 045999
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.75

    System requirements for Windows: Windows 10/8/7, Pentium® P4, 580 MB Hard Drive Space, 800 x 600 16-Bit or Higher Display, 16-Bit Sound Card, Speakers or Headphones

  • Item #: 071546
    Retail: $34.99
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  • Item #: 002517
    ISBN: 9780849793196
    Retail: $5.50
    Rainbow Price: $5.25
  • Item #: 023083
    ISBN: 9780740337994
    Retail: $99.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.96

    This Alpha Omega course is designed as a year-long high school elective covering computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The units concentrate on standard software applications, as well as skills in personal/interpersonal communication and communication technologies. Keyboarding ability is considered a prerequisite for the course, and average reading level is assumed. Some keyboarding review is provided, but there is no instruction. The 10 units are: Communication Skills, Business Technology, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Telecommunications, Desktop Publishing, Presentation Technology, Computer Networks, and Computer Operating Systems. Each unit is a separate booklet and contains an introduction, a series of lessons/reviews/activities/self-tests, a unit review, and a unit test. Units 5 and 10 also include a semester review and a cumulative semester exam.

    Each lesson within a unit is composed of the objectives, a vocabulary list, the actual lesson, a multimedia presentation (which can include interactive practice), a self-test, and some additional skill-building activities. Test problems include multiple choice, true/false, multiple select, matching, and essay response. Some of the skill-building activities are found on the enclosed multimedia disc. Each lesson will take, on average, about 50 minutes, and is designed so that the student can work independently; the teacher does not need a background in the subject. However, the teacher still has an important role to play. He/she can discuss the importance of the subject matter during an orientation, explain course goals, set schedules, set up the workspace for the student, stay interested and involved, and conduct appraisals of progress. For that purpose, "Teacher Check" areas are provided for recording scores and dates of completion. The teacher's guide orients the teacher well, and also provides reproducible alternate tests for re-checking mastery, plus answers for units and answers for self-tests and all other tests. The Switched-On Schoolhouse course is software-based on CD-ROM. Minimum System requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 011381
    ISBN: 9780882848136
    Retail: $6.99
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  • Item #: 006014
    ISBN: 9780486820316
    Retail: $1.99
    Rainbow Price: $1.75

  • Item #: 002548
    ISBN: 9780849793202
    Retail: $5.50
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  • Item #: 074497
    Retail: $3.99
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