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  • Item #: 009766
    ISBN: 9780964321038
    Retail: $29.95
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    A creative, interactive, hands-on approach to vocabulary! What better way to retain the learning of new words? Using index cards, a file box, and a good dictionary, this approach is a welcome departure from the typical workbook fare. And, subtitled: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling and S.A.T. Scores, it's obvious from looking at this book that it would, indeed, do just that! How? By teaching the roots of the English language found in Greek and Latin. Since the majority of our words are rooted in these classical languages, mastering these roots is a key that will open the door to understanding a myriad of words! The creative activity suggestions in this book could become the basis for wonderful unit studies as well.

  • Item #: 049348
    Retail: $34.95
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    From the author of Latin Centered Curriculum (Memoria Press), this comprehensive K-12 resource for memorization, copywork, and dictation provides a vast array of memorization material in all academic areas, as well as Latin and Greek. Weighing in at a hefty 450 plus pages, this book provides you ample choices for memory work, and has been designed for use with any classical curriculum or simply as a handy reference for home or school. At first glance, the sheer size of this book appears to be overwhelming. However, the author reminds us this book has been created to provide 13 years worth of memorization options and we simply integrate what we feel is the best selection.

    Beginning with the importance of memorizing, this detailed book takes you through the steps of how to memorize and includes general principles to make memory work easier; you are then set free to select memorization selections from a vast array of subject areas. Read on for more details! The Latin chapter is divided into six parts: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; Prayers; and Hymns and Carols. The first three sections contain mostly secular material, while the last three are religious. The Greek chapter is divided into five sections: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; and Prayers and Hymns. These selections are drawn from both classical and ecclesiastical Greek, and the author has also included some background information on Easter Christian traditions. Translations are provided throughout. The Arithmetic and Mathematics chapter includes an extensive resource selection, including (but not limited to): addition/subtraction fact families, properties and orders, prime numbers, multiplication table, Euclid's Definitions and Common Notions, and the Pythagorean Theorem. The Grammar and Composition chapter is designed to support the study of classical languages and to reinforce principles taught in your individual writing program. It includes grammar rhymes, grammar rules, and 100 commonly misspelled words. The Literature chapter contains five sections: Literary facts and lists; Sayings, Proverbs, and Famous Quotations, Teaching Rhymes, Poetry and dramatic speeches from Shakespeare's plays. The Religion chapter contains six sections: Scripture, Prayers, Catechism, Poetry, Hymns and Carols. Using the King James Version of the Bible, the religious selections include material drawn from the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Geography chapter contains a large number of lists from both a World and US Geography perspective. The World History chapter covers events and personalities from around the globe, with the emphasis on those topics of enduring importance. Please note: dating encompasses an old earth perspective, dating back to 35,000 BC. The United States History and Civics chapter stresses key dates in American history, as well as the founding documents of our nation. Patriotic songs, verse and oratory are also included. The Natural Sciences chapter brings together lists and mnemonics for basic information in the natural sciences and is written primarily for elementary and middle school. It is best if the child memorizes material in this chapter, as it is encountered in their course of studies in the science curriculum of your choice. Extensive reference charts are found at the end of the book. These are meant for quick reference in Latin and Greek and are not meant to replace a Latin or Greek curriculum. They are, however, a good basis for Latin and Greek recitation.

    As you can see, this extensive resource book provides ample opportunities for memorization success. I was impressed with the extensive selection in each academic area, and believe this truly will be a valuable resource for families who desire to incorporate memorization from the classical perspective. 450 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 018187
    ISBN: 9780867094190
    Retail: $28.13
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    What is a sentence? Only the most basic component of all writing – and perhaps its most neglected. This course goes a long way toward correcting that situation. The general idea is that just as we acquire good oral language skills by hearing/listening, we can acquire good written language skills by observing and mimicking excellent writers. Using model sentences written by professionals, the student is taught four basic sentence manipulation techniques – sentence unscrambling, sentence imitating, sentence combining, and sentence expanding. Each of these techniques is developed through a series of activities, 33 in all, each of which provide one to three practice exercises. To give you an idea, Unit 1, Sentence Unscrambling, Activity 7 gives the student practice in identifying and removing comma splices. Unit 3, Sentence Imitating, Activity 22 includes two practice exercises that require the student to practice adding words, adding phrases, and adding clauses as they combine, then imitate. If this sounds just a little like grammar, well, you would be correct. These are exercises in applied grammar. After all, composing sentences is the "other side of the coin" from dissecting them (the basic activity of most grammar programs). All in all, even though this is a very skill-targeted course, the value of the skill makes it an excellent choice for the writing component of any particular middle school year's language arts. A reference in the back of the book includes the author's original sentences which serves as an answer key of sorts.136 pgs, pb ~ Janice
  • Item #: 000186
    ISBN: 9780553213560
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  • Item #: 007512
    ISBN: 9780988707085
    Retail: $120.00
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    From the creators of the KidCoder and TeenCoder series comes this ultimate course in digital literacy! The goal of the program is to help middle-to-high-school students develop a foundational understanding of hardware, software, file management, Internet safety, and more. The course is divided into two semesters (about 33 weeks) of material; the first covers basic concepts, including an introduction to types of hardware, software, and popular programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, and more. The second semester delves into more hands-on topics which include social media programs, basic Internet utilities, designing web pages, and creating simple programs.

    At the heart of the course is a simple online interface which tracks student progress and helps organize teachers. Two online access codes are sent out with each copy of the product: one for the student, and one for the teacher. The students have access to several tools for each lesson: Lesson Video, Text, and Quiz. The videos are key to understanding topics and are both animated and narrated to help both visual learners and students learning English as a second language. The automated quizzes ensure students have a good grasp of each concept before moving on and are automatically scored for every student and sent to the teacher for review. Teachers likewise have access to a Teacher Guide, a Quiz Answer Key, and Activity Solution Guides / Files, in addition to syllabi, activity overviews, and chapter walkthroughs. These resources are provided at the teacher's leisureeach can be used by itself, left alone if deemed unnecessary, or integrated with the teacher's own supplementary material.

    The full range of topics covered includes: Fundamentals of Computer Hardware / Software, Operating Systems, Computer Files, Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Computer Networks, Search Engines, Computer Security, Word Processing, Spreadsheet Programs, Presentation Programs, Database Technology, Project Management, Digital Images, Internet Communications, Social Media, Creating Web Pages, Programming Concepts, Digital Logic, and Careers and Professional Skills.

    The course caters to group teaching as well; the online software allows teachers to track each student's scores and progress individually. The program is also age-friendly, allowing multiple students of different middle-and-high-school ages to work together as one class. In addition, it is a moderately fast-paced coursethe stated average workload amounts to roughly 3-5 hours of work per week over 33 weeks, but if this is too rigorous for students or you have younger kids in the class, the course is designed to be self-paced. If you are looking for a full-blown course on digital literacy that caters to a wide range of students, this is certainly one of the best! System requirements: Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS 10.7 or higher. ~ Stephen

    Note: Requires a laptop or desktop with an internet connection and Microsoft Office (latest version recommended).

  • Item #: 001403
    ISBN: 9781940110714
    Retail: $18.00
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      The Answer Key and Teaching Notes provides answers to those exercises and questions that have an appropriately objective response (including reviews). This means there are answers when one correct answer is required and also where a set range of answers is acceptable. The Answer Key does not provide suggested answers for open-ended or creative writing assignments. In other instances, the student is given examples and samples to help gauge appropriate responses. Also included with the Answer Key are suggested daily schedules 32 weeks/four days a week

  • Item #: 070353
    ISBN: 9781940110332
    Retail: $18.00
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       The Answer Key and Teaching Notes provides answers to those exercises and questions that have an appropriately objective response (including reviews). This means there are answers when one correct answer is required and also where a set range of answers is acceptable. The Answer Key does not provide suggested answers for open-ended or creative writing assignments. In other instances, the student is given examples and samples to help gauge appropriate responses. Also included with the Answer Key are suggested daily schedules 32 weeks/four days a week

  • Item #: 063646
    ISBN: 9781626110052
    Retail: $21.95
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    With the goal of being self-explanatory, self-paced and self-contained, this course was written for the homeschooled student in mind. Free pronunciation recordings are available online in an mp3 format and an answer key is in the back of the book itself. Tests can be done by backing up to the previous lesson and having your student translate the exercises there. A parent can use the answer key to grade these, or have the student correct their own work. Students are encouraged to do 30 minutes a day rather than a longer session once or twice a week, but many of the lessons might take only15-20 minutes. This is a stripped down way to introduce your students to French. Each lesson is only a page long for the first 21 lessons and not much longer after that (1-3 pgs). You will cover basics of how to learn French such as pronunciation, gender, formal vs. informal language, some pronouns, beginner vocabulary, expressions which have a cultural element and other useful basics. While there is not enough content here for a full high school credit, after completing this book, your student would be ready for a first year high school level program having never had any other language instruction. This would also be a good option for an older elementary student or a middleschooler interested in French. Both Getting Started with French and Getting Started with Spanish are good ways for a student (and their parents) to see if they are really interested in the further study of a language. Helpful glossary in the back, 281 pp, sc, 8” x 11” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 060613
    ISBN: 9781414394046
    Retail: $14.99
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    Although I’m a mom of three boys, I’ll have to admit I took up this book with great hesitation. After all, the back of the book asks, “What do you get when you mix good stories . . . with science experiments, puzzles, jokes, riddles and more?” Those things aren’t what I expect when I pick up a devotional book. One should be a bit more serious with the Bible, shouldn’t one?
    But after all, didn’t God create laughter and joy? I do think this One Year daily devotional relates key Biblical points in a way that will appeal to a pre-teen or teen. The largest portion of the daily devotional is relaying the Bible story. Specific Scripture references are given (but not always). Next, comes the activity. These activities include such things as cool crafts, jokes (What is a horse’s favorite book of the Bible? Neigh-amiah!), puzzles, weird facts related to the Bible story, practical application (ways to honor your mother, for example) and introspective questions. The idea here is to combine fun elements with Scriptural application to capture boys’ attention. Your son is then given general directions to pray (unscripted) and then each devotional ends with a key Scripture (taken from various versions). 365 devotions from the publishers of the One Year Bible. 6” x 9”, 384 pp, pb. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 053020
    ISBN: 9780328956753
    Retail: $145.97
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    Pearson brings the standards of a classroom curriculum to homeschool. This homeschool bundle includes a hardcover student text, two Teacher Resource DVDs, and a postcard with instructions for registering for online access to teaching resources, an e-text, videos and much more.
    The student text is substantial, with 1110 pages. There are 21 chronological "topics" or units, starting with the origins of civilization and ending with the world today (1980-present). Each topic is divided into shorter chapters, which end with several assessment questions.There are plenty of visuals, including illustrations, maps, charts, arwork from that period and more. "Topics" each include objectives, terms to define, end-of-unit assessment questions and a reminder to go online to PearsonRealize.com for digital resources.
    All of the teaching resources are found online at PearsonRealize.com. You will receive a postcard with your bundle that includes instructions on setting up an account. (Note: make sure you select the course title itself - World History 2016 - instead of searching for an actual school code.) Once logged in, click on the course title and you will see the table of contents for the course. When you click on a Topic, you will see several lessons for that unit, along with some additional assignments such as projects, videos or document-based activities. Printable tests and reviews can also be accessed here. Students can also access, download and print "Interactive Reading Notepads" which are Word documents that correlate with the reading assignments and offer space for notes and questions to check comprehension and understanding. Teaching resources for each lesson are found on the right side of the screen and typically include: answer keys (for the Interactive Reading Notepads, quizzes, and text questions); lesson summaries (provided in text, audio, Spanish and Spanish audio); teaching suggestions for English Language Learners, and a Lesson Organizer document which is a kind of a lesson plan with a listing of all of the readings, assignments, and objectives for the lesson. Teachers also have the ability to customize tests for each lesson, adding questions from a testbank or writing their own. You also have the option to create a class and track student assignment progress. There is a lot to look at at PearsonRealize.com, so I would plan to spend some time browsing through what is offered to familiarize yourself with where to locate all of the various resources.
    The third part of the bundle is the Teacher Resource DVD set. These are primarily offline versions of the videos found on PearsonRealize.com. No printables, assessments or lesson plans are included on these DVDs.
    This course is a good option for families looking for a secular high school world history course where both teacher and student have reliable internet access. There is a good amount of video and audio content, which will appeal to students who may struggle with a completely textbook-based course.

  • Item #: 047230
    Retail: $24.99
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    All right, you lovers of hands-on activities! Here's a good one for you! This game is subtitled "A Creative Way to Build an Endless Number of Sentences Using 250 Puzzle Pieces." Each laminated puzzle piece has a word or punctuation or empty blank. The pieces are color-coded into groups: punctuation, verbs, nouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and personal pronouns. You can choose from a variety of games designed to build knowledge of parts of speech, sentence construction, vocabulary, and punctuation. In one game, you'll build sentences with a blank space for a noun, and the children will find a noun to put into the sentence. In another game, children take turns building sentences one piece at a time. Of course, if you're working with only one child, you can be the other player. In another game, children have to unscramble the puzzle pieces. In another game, players spin a spinner to accumulate pieces until they have enough to build a sentence. There are two other games, and you can even make up your own. As a former English teacher/tutor, I can tell you that with any game like this, you'll encounter words that can appear in more than one part of speech; be on guard against potential confusion. Other than that caveat, I only see two other tiny flaws. The writer of the instructions completely forgot to list the pink-coded personal pronouns in the list of categories, and the cyan blue of the adverbs looks too close to the blue of the verbs. But those are all minor points. Now, you're ready to have loads of fun building sentences and learning grammar. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 044932
    ISBN: 9781602680111
    Retail: $13.99
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    Or, in home school language: a literature-based unit study. This one uses some of my very favorite children's picture books (see list below). For each of the 18 books, there's a story summary and a "before the story", "during the story" and "after the story" suggestion. A helpful shaded box points out themes, skills, vocabulary, and related books. This is followed by "connections" to curriculum areas including: language arts, math, science, problem-solving and social skills, fine motor, gross motor, visual discrimination, art, and creative dramatics. Reproducible activity pages are provided for some of these. This is great for preschool, as you can center one or several days around these books, themes and activities – even an entire week if you integrate the related literature selections. As an example, for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, emphasized themes are: being a good host, patience, real and fantasy. Skills focused on are making predictions, alphabet, counting, biology, and manners. Special vocabulary is carried away, comfortable, finished, mustache, remind. Related books include If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Before reading the book, you ask your child to predict what might happen if they gave a mouse a cookie and relate that to what they do when they get a cookie. During the story, you take advantage of the many "cliffhangers" in the book, allowing children to guess at the sentence endings before turning the page. After the story, the author suggests additional readings (this is because children have such fun with the outlandish turns of events – most stories have other activities in this section). There are two Language Arts Connections; one is playing with magnetic letters on a cookie sheet (related to the drawn red letters and cookies on the book cover); the other is to make alphabet cookies (sounds yummy!). For a math activity, there's a reproducible page for children to match the chocolate chip cookies with the same number of chips. Science Connections have you researching what mice really eat. If you have access to a mouse, the book suggests experimenting with various foods. If not, you'll have to settle for using another book, using the internet, or visiting a pet store. In Problem-Solving and Social Skills Connections, children practice being good hosts or hostesses. You can play the mouse and let your child entertain you (tea party, anyone)? Then, as the mouse does in the story, children practice fine motor skills by drawing pictures of a scene from the book or of their family as the mouse does. Children practice writing their names (using tracing paper), tape it to the artwork, and then to the refrigerator, just like mouse. For Gross Motor Connections, you again mimic the mouse, this time in sweeping and cleaning (remember, the mouse got carried away and swept the entire house!). The book suggests supplementing with a little house-sweeping music of your choice. In Art Connections, children construct Barbershop Portraits as you reread the book, paying special attention to the part where mouse trims his hair. Children paste long strands of yarn to self-portraits for hair (deliberately making the hair in need of a trim). After the glue dries, children use safety scissors to "cut" their hair to a desired length. In Creative Dramatics Connections children practice proper mealtime manners. After rereading the section of the book where mouse asks for a straw and a napkin with his cookie snack, you provide yourself and your child(ren) with paper plates, empty cups and straws, and napkins. Then you pretend to be a group of mice, eating cookies and drinking milk, demonstrating how to eat a cookie over your plate, use your napkin and drink properly with a straw. If children do well, follow through with real cookies and milk then show children how to clean up after the meal. A final reproducible page has children color the pictures that show how someone in the family takes care of them (also great as a discussion starter).

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
    Retail: $79.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.15

    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 #: 041229
    ISBN: 9780967738731
    Retail: $339.00
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    Before studying history in depth in TRISMS for the high school level, you can take a one or two-year tour of the entire scope of world history in upper elementary or middle school. History's Masterminds covers world history up to the year 2010 in a similar format as the high school TRISMS, though there are some differences. In the high school level, more time is spent on each period in history, and students spend more time analyzing each civilization in depth, including the art, music, architecture, and literature of each culture. In History's Masterminds, the emphasis is on chronological developments throughout history, including new inventions, geographical explorations, and science discoveries. In fact, students will be compiling information on these three topics into a course book throughout the program. Children will also read and research their way through history via historical fiction, biographies, and other resource books. History, geography, writing, language, literature, and science are all covered through this program. Math history is covered, but math itself is not; so you will need to supplement with a complete math curriculum (Saxon Math is recommended). The set is composed of a teacher's manual, student book, and a loose-leaf pack of student worksheets, research questionnaires, quizzes, and quarterly tests. The teacher's manual contains all of the lessons, assignments, teaching information, reading lists, and answer keys while the other two packs contain the forms and worksheets the student will need to complete the ssignments.

    The author recommends completing this course over a 2-year period. There are 38 weeks of lessons included, and each week's activities are listed on a lesson plan grid, similar to what is used in the upper-level TRISMS books but with a few differences. The assignments are divided between science, inventions, explorers, and language. A separate grid for each week lists recommended historical fiction, biographies and resource books while major historical events, suggested topics for research, and math history developments are also included. Each weekly lesson focuses on a different chronological span of time and covers all of these topics during that time period. For each week, students will be reading historical fiction and other books and completing questionnaires for scientists, inventions, and explorers. Questionnaires include a series of questions about the topic that the student answers through researching the topic, using the library, and other available resources. Inventions questionnaires also ask the student to draw and/or diagram the invention, while Explorers questionnaires ask the student to mark the explorer's journey on a map and create a map key. The reading lists in the teacher's guide offer suggestions for resources, organized by lesson, which may help when researching. There are separate science assignments for most weeks, which include experiments and research projects. Language assignments are more extensive and incorporate a wide variety of topics including poetry, book reports, letter writing, reports, public speaking, word roots, grammar, outlining, interviewing, bibliographies, and much more. Because the emphasis is on exploring history in a very chronological way, creating a timeline is essential to the course. Famous inventors, scientists, explorers, other major historical figures and events will all be added to the timeline as they are studied each week. Quizzes and tests are also included for reinforcement; quizzes are given every three lessons while tests are given four times throughout the year.

    Overall, this course is not only a great way to try the TRISMS approach, but it offers great practice in researching and a terrific scope of our entire history as well. Its open-ended approach makes it useable with students of different grades, and it would be easy (and fun!) to use with multiple children. Because it is so heavily book and research-based, this would be a good fit for you especially if you have pretty easy access to a library and if your students are fairly motivated and independent. – Jess

  • Item #: 039512
    ISBN: 9781401676315
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    Do you suffer from historical amnesia? Many Christians do, holding knowledge of the church from the New Testament and of their current church denomination, but ignorant of the centuries in between. Sometimes that's less true for homeschoolers who have a stronger emphasis on world history and thus know something of the Church in ancient and medieval times. However, whichever camp you identify with, this is a book you will want for your library. Written to be understood by the layperson, it traces the history of the Christian church from the Age of Jesus and the Apostles (6 BC – AD 70) through the Age of Catholic Christianity (AD 70-312), the Age of the Christian Roman Empire (AD 312-590), the Christian Middle Ages (AD 590-1517), the Age of the Reformation (AD 1517-1648, the Age of Reason and Revival (AD 1648-1789), the Age of Progress (AD 1789-1914), the Age of Ideologies (AD 1914-1989), and finally through the Age of Global Expansion and Relocation (AD 1900-). Each section is prefaced with a helpful timeline showing its key personages and events. A few helpful maps, additional timelines, and portraits provide the only other illustrations. Although large, this book is highly readable meaning two things: firstly, I found it easy to flip anywhere, read a few paragraphs and come away with a nugget of historical information I had not known or had forgotten. Secondly, the book lays open easily; the result of a superior binding, I suppose. Reading up on church history may not be your choice free time activity, but there are likely to be times when high school students or homeschooling moms/dads will need a good, approachable reference. This is it! 540 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 038823
    ISBN: 9781425808471
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.26
    Wow! Want to put your kid's smart phone or tablet to educational use? This book provides a good summary of apps for all age ranges, grouped into school subject categories – language arts, math, science, social studies, cross-curricular, logic puzzles, and "you make it" (i.e. movies, tunes, designs, etc.). Each one-page app summary includes the app icon, title, company name, suggested grade range, and key-feature description. Suggested uses for At School and At Home round out the page. Cost of apps is not included, but I did a random sampling of ten apps and found them to range from free to $1.99. 136 pgs, pb. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 038063
    ISBN: 9780141321059
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.50

    Buck enjoys life as the pampered family dog of Judge Miller. When Manuel, the gardener's helper, secretly steals Buck to be sold, the civilized lifestyle that Buck grew up under no longer exists. It is the height of the Klondike gold rush, and dogs like Buck are in high demand as sled dogs. In a time and place when survival is an everyday battle, Buck must adapt to a lifestyle where primal instincts are the key to survival. The Signet Classic Edition not only includes the unabridged novel with an introduction by Alex Kershaw, but presents several of London's other works including "Diable," "An Odyssey of the North," "To the Man on Trail," "To Build a Fire," and "Love of Life." This edition has 133 pgs, pb. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 032873
    ISBN: 9781683441007
    Retail: $13.99
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    Everything you need to use with Todd Friel's video It's Not Greek To Me to create a good one-semester (9-week) starter course for your middle and high school students. You get a suggested daily schedule, alphabet chart, worksheets, practice sheets, quizzes and answers in a user-friendly format. Not a typical language course, you won't have daily work in pronunciation or conjugating verbs. Instead, you will gain a working knowledge of biblical Greek, a survey or introduction if you will, not a mastery of it. This is perfect for a student planning to enter seminary or just wanting a deeper understanding of biblical text. You will cover: the Greek alphabet, punctuation, nouns, verbs, voice & mood, nominatives, genitives, vocatives, accusatives, datives, the important of properly translating the Bible, basic understanding of how a concordance and lexicon work, and how to apply these new skills. Great for families to learn together! Pb, 128p. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 032759
    ISBN: 9780986352911
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $75.00

    Like the other texts in this series, the Earth Science employs a mastery approach to learning science students should learn, master, and retain, what they learn. A curriculum that uses this approach covers fewer topics but covers each more deeply. This text also integrates learning by combining skills in the areas of science, math, science history, and English language usage. Every chapter follows the same format objectives are stated, vocabulary terms presented, textual information numbered and divided into digestible amounts, learning checks' at the end of each reading section, and an exercise at the end of each chapter. Chapters in this book cover Earth in Space, Visualizing Earth, Thinking About Earth, Matter & Minerals, Rocks & the Rock Cycle, Plate Tectonics & Mountain Building, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Weathering/Erosion/Soils, Surface Water & Groundwater, Landforms, Earth History, Oceanography, Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate & Air Pollution. A glossary, mineral chart, and other resources are found at the back of the text. The author believes in questions that require complete sentences as a response, so you won't find any true/false, matching, or multiple choice questions. Colorful illustrations and photos are used to enhance the content of this small format text (6.5" x 9.5").

    The text states three goals for which the student is to strive be good stewards of God's gifts; learn, master, and retain what you learn; learn to keep a lab journal. The student section at the front of the book explains how to keep your lab journal or you can use Student Lab Report Handbook (#47300) for guidelines suggested by this author for keeping a lab journal. This handbook is recommended for use at the high school level. There are eight Experimental Investigations found right in the text and include an overview, basic materials list and step-by-step instructions.

  • Item #: 025212
    ISBN: 9780758608581
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    The time-honored classic Bible storybook by this same name was originally published in 1948. Based on the premise that children should know the Bible stories as early as possible, this edition has been updated in language particularly for readers ages 6 to 8. Key points are explained in a way that preserves the story but does not include aspects that are age inappropriate. For example, when discussing the reason for Joseph’s imprisonment, the author writes, “Then the wife of the rich man became angry at Joseph. She told lies about him. Her husband believed the lies and put Joseph in prison.” Sixty stories (28 from the Old Testament and 32 from the New), each about two pages long, incorporate traditional style, full-color illustrations. The Old Testament stories span from creation through Daniel. The New Testament stories focus only on the Gospels and end with Jesus’ ascension. This would serve as a good introduction to Bible stories. 6” x 8 ¼”, 142 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 025000
    ISBN: 9781620573655
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    This fun book holds a variety of prompts to jump-start kids' creativity. Doodling pages hold a shape or line and encourage children to finish the doodle however they like. Drawing pages contain part of a picture and direct children to provide the missing part, like a fun and silly hat for a boy, decorating the bake sale cookies, or drawing their amazing discovery on the leaf. Writing pages range from fill-in-the-blank stories or statements to writing a story to go with a picture. Many pages combine drawing with writing like drawing a car of the future and then writing about all of the special things the car can do. There is fantastic variety to the 60 pages of activities; you should have no trouble finding activities that appeal to any child. Many kids will think this is just fun work, but in fact it is very helpful to get kids from picturing to writing, especially those young learners who have ideas but cannot yet put them into writing. Any child will benefit from and enjoy these prompts, but it could be also be a valuable resource for a non-verbal child or one with language processing difficulty. These would make a good warm-up activity for your daily language arts lesson. 64 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 023137
    ISBN: 9781937032173
    Retail: $0.00
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    Covers use of braces, quotations, dashes, metaphors, indirect and direct objects, acronyms, emphatic form of a verb, simple and compound sentences, coordinating and correlative conjunctions, compound vs. complex sentences, conjunctive adverbs, figurative language, outlining, synecdoche, metonymy, good diction, passive voice, three keys to good writing, iambic heptameter, how to write an essay, plagiarism, sentence fragments, and slashes.
  • Item #: 021705
    ISBN: 9781937494018
    Retail: $89.95
    Rainbow Price: $82.95

    We had a lot of philosophy in college while studying worldviews. This course reminds me of the approach our college used and combines philosophy with important skills that should be part of a good in-depth study: philosophy, worldview, writing, speaking and thinking. The authors three goals for this text are for it to be easy to use, engaging and empowering; I believe she is very successful at achieving her goals. This course may be used as your primary curriculum, to which you would just add math, science and foreign language: or use it as a supplement. Guidelines for using the program either way are included in the front of the reader.

    I find the study of philosophy intriguing and have really enjoyed reading through the Reader (text) of this curriculum. Students will spend time learning about Thales, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Protagoras, and Democritus: what they really believed and what they contributed to the world. Learn how what they believed was shaped by their predecessors and how their thinking shapes culture even today. The idea behind this course is that students will be equipped to understand our changing world.

    The Reader is a spiral-bound, 125-page, softcover book that is printed with full color illustrations. There are specific components found in every lesson presented. First, the student will read the philosophers story (the Readers first component). They will find anecdotes and facts about their lives, accomplishments, beliefs and contributions in sections labeled at the top of the page Meet the Philosopher, His Story Unfolds, Impact of Ideas, and The Story Ends. The second component is the Write, Think, and Speak sections. These are labeled down the side of the reading text and the actual assignments are found on the adjacent page. In the Write section, students will be shown the 7-step writing process, beginning with the first draft, how to build pauses into their writing, how to polish their writing, how to critique, evaluate and revise and do a final draft for a final project. The Think section may include assignments, but also includes information for deeper thinking. Speak works to improve and enhance the students ability to speak orally put their thoughts into words that sound intelligent and well thought-out. The lessons third item is geography. Students will learn about the geography during the featured philosophers life and includes a map and a short summary about the time period. On the adjacent page, students will learn about the philosophers School of Thought. The final section of each lesson is the Contrast section. This is where students read statements, quotations or documents from the philosopher and compare and contrast them to what the Bible says (Biblical Worldview). Scripture found in the reader and workbook is from the English Standard Version (ESV).

    The back section of the Reader is full of valuable resources. There are checklists for writing assignments and what to look for in the writing process and assignments, peer critiques, and evaluation. For each of the philosophers, writing assignments are included with the guidelines and required contents included. These are timed written assignments (15 minutes), but you could turn them into a research paper or essay if you would like a more detailed writing assignment let them choose their favorite philosopher for a year-end project. These assignments are in addition to the writings found within the lessons. A list of recommended resources is also included, just in case your student wants to learn more in a specific area.

    A Teacher Resource CD is included inside the back cover and includes answer keys to mapping assignments, timelines, and at-a-glance instructions.

    The Student Workbook is more like a notebooking journal. There are formatted pages on which students answer questions from each section of the lesson and blank maps to label. The second part of the workbook is the Write, Think, Speak Journal. This journal is referenced in the lessons and this is where the students answer questions found on the Write, Think, Speak pages of the lesson. There are also the same checklists, peer critique and evaluation in the back of the student workbook as those found in the Reader. The glossary pages at the very back of the student workbook are for the student to write the meaning or definition of words. The words even have page number references to help them out. The Student Workbook is not reproducible.

    There are a couple of products referenced in the Reader and recommended for use with this study: Philippians in 28 Weeks and The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions. Adding these books will enhance your study.

    If you are ready to tackle a meaty study, this one is great! Well-laid out and easy-to-use, this course will engage your deep thinking high schooler. Give them a reason to write and help them put their thoughts together for a solid foundation in a rapidly changing world all from a Biblical Worldview. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 015912
    ISBN: 9781450888479
    Retail: $11.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    If you like color-by-number puzzles, but want something a little more complex, then these pixelated images of plants, animals, and other scenes are perfect. The small pixels require precision and many of the 101 puzzles feature a color key with nearly 20 different colors, so it’s a good idea to have a large pack of colored pencils ready. Full-color answers are included in the back, along with the original photographs. 160 pgs.

  • Item #: 002525
    ISBN: 9780689715402
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    Eight-year-old Sarah must learn to be brave when she accompanies her father to the wilderness of Connecticut to build a house for their family.

  • Item #: 049158
    Retail: $8.00
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    I'm not sure what's more likeable here – the simple concept or the cute packaging! The small, portable game consists of nine picture dice packaged in a sturdy flip-out box about the size of a card deck. The dice are printed with simple black-and-white pictures on each face for a total of 54 different images. A few examples include: a clock, a bee, a shooting star, a key, a flashlight, an apple, fire, a magnifying glass, a question mark, a book, a light bulb, and a tree. Originally designed for storytelling, there are three game ideas included inside the cover, each of which entails rolling the dice and using some or all of the dice to create a story. You can modify the number of dice, play solo or as a group for more variety. Of course, you could also use a roll of the dice to pick a theme for extemporaneous speaking, to inspire young children to write a story (using just one or two cubes), or as writing prompts. I'm sure you can come up with some of your own educational and party ideas as well! - Jess

  • Item #: 006213
    Retail: $44.95
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    So, you're writing stories in English class, and your reluctant writer is whiny and reticent. "Why do we have to write stories? I can't think of anything!" If you can't get them out of their writing slump by suggesting "Well, let's brainstorm," or "Look around you for ideas," just say (with a twinkle in your eye) - "Forget it, let's just play a game instead." Of course, five or ten minutes later they'll realize they're not getting off the story-writing hook, but they'll probably be enjoying themselves so much they'll forget to pout. The game format is similar to most board games your family plays, with a large board featuring a wandering path from beginning to end. Besides a die, scoring pad and markers, the game features eight decks of story element cards and a story outline pad. Basically, as players move along the board, they will collect specific story element cards, and weave them into a story. Card decks are clearly labeled and include topic sentence, plot, character, setting, description, dialogue, lesson, and resolution cards. At the beginning of the game, each player receives a topic sentence. This is the only topic sentence card they will receive, and should be used towards the beginning of the story. As they roll the die, they will land on spaces labeled with the names of corresponding story element cards, and will draw the top card from the stack. By the end of the game, they should have at least one of each element card, and at least five description cards. Then, the writing begins! Choosing from their collected cards, the writer decides which cards he wants to incorporate into his or her story, and writes them onto the outline sheet. The outline begins with the topic sentence, and features blanks to fill in for each part of the story. Under "Setting", they must determine the "where", "when" and descriptors. Under character, they must identify the good guys and the bad guys, and describe both. For the plot, they must identify the problem, and decide on the order of events. Under "Resolution" and "Lesson", they will decide how the "Resolution" and "Lesson" cards they chose relate to their story, and how it all wraps up. Now, players each have a good framework for a story; the trick is now fleshing it out into an actual short story, which may be easier at this point, since a lot of the "unknowns" have been identified. A scoring sheet will help Mom decide if the story included all the necessary components, and will inspire kids not to skimp on the "less exciting" stuff. Since inventing characters, conflicts and settings sometimes takes a lot of steam out of even the more enthused young writers, I would imagine that taking that pressure off of them in this way would free up their imaginations to write a much more well-rounded, exciting story. I'll bet that even Mom and Dad will want to play this one! - Jess

  • Item #: 001754
    ISBN: 9780312380038
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.50

    Chester Cricket from Connecticut is accidentally transported to New York in a picnic basket. Alone and afraid in a strange city, Chester is befriended by Harry and Tucker, a cat and mouse, who help him adjust to city life and discover his amazing musical talent that brings success to a failing subway station newsstand.

  • Item #: 063932
    ISBN: 9781937032555
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $39.00

       Learn logic in a day!  That is, a day in the life of Fred.  Here is a complete coverage of logic in a mere 176 pages.  No ancillaries required.  That’s right.  No separate teacher book, no test pack, no workbook needed.  It’s all right here – the whole “Kittens” caboodle.  Fred, now six (and still a professor at Kittens U), is preparing to give a logic lecture.  Ironically, and somewhat conveniently, Duck (first introduced in Life of Fred: Apples) pays Fred a visit and provides ample fodder for some of the first topics covered in the book.  Duck, who always speaks in sentences that are false, helps to illustrate both logic sentence structure and the concept of every sentence being True or False.  As always, Dr. Schmidt manages to both entertain and train.  Along with the levity and random bits of eclectic knowledge provided in chapter 1, Dr. Schmidt gets right down to introducing us to both pure and applied logic and the language of logic (the use of symbols, modeling, and structures) – all in the first few pages of the book.   From there, the course progresses through the topics of truth tables, connectives, the language of logic, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, logic fallacies (covered all in ONE conversation), and predicate logic.  These first six chapters provide a complete high school logic course.  Once logic as a second language is mastered, working through the remaining ten chapters is the equivalent of completing a college-level logic course.   This part of the course is more heavily theoretical.  It uses the structures and models learned in the first part of the course, progressing to proofs, introducing more complex structures and lemmas, and giving much thought to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.   No prerequisites are required to begin this course, though I think it would help if your student had completed Algebra and Geometry before tackling it.  While the math skills themselves are not needed, the ability to reason well and think logically (and somewhat mathematically) is.  There are no exercises to complete, though there are 99 “puzzles” to solve.  In addition to a very alert and thoughtful mind, familiarity with and understanding of symbolic language, proofs, combinations, set theory, and other topics typically covered in higher-level math would aid solutions.  As far as teaching time, there is none.  The course is totally self-instructional.  Instruction is directed to the student/reader and all answers are included in the back of the book.  Dr. Schmidt goes to great lengths as the book’s narrator to make sure the student does not take the easy road and check the answers before first exercising his/her brain.  He also already anticipates questions and objections the student might have, with many “reader” interjections, shown in distinctive font, at these points.   One quibble I have with the book (and a caution to parents) is Dr. Schmidt’s unnecessary incorporation of drugs (cocaine) and drinking used in one of the early examples in the book.   I can guess the reason for this, but I wish he had considered another option….  This course will appeal most to those who enjoy math, enjoy Fred, and enjoy a good story along with their study.

  • Item #: 007300
    ISBN: 9780440402831
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.25

    1950 Newbery Medal winner. Set in medieval England, a young boy named Robin desires to learn the ways of knighthood, but falls ill and loses the use of his legs. A kindly monk shows him how even someone who cannot walk is needed.