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  • Item #: 013796
    ISBN: 9780830857838
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    Want a great resource to help introduce your children to some of the countries and people groups throughout the world? This book, in each two page spread, will do just that! Our introduction to Hazara, for example, had the following: a history telling us that the Hazara people are descendants of Genghis Khan's army, a piece on life in Hazarajat (the region in Afghanistan where the Hazara live), color photographs of people and places, a factfile containing facts about where Hazaras live and how many there are in the world, a story about a Hazara refugee who became a Christian convert, two maps, a Did You Know? piece on the religion of the Hazara, a list of things we can thank God for (one item on the list was the Christian radio programs in Dari, a language most Hazara people know) and a list of things we should ask God for. Other people we learn about include Gypsies, New Zealanders, Azerians, Greecians, Jolas, Refugees and Street Children (in general), and Uruguayans etc. While reading about terrible cruelties and conditions in other countries, the book still maintains an amazing optimism as it shares answered prayers in various countries and faith in God. 221 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 045726
    ISBN: 9781935197003
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    Hear it is! Weight know longer! This is won grate book that shouldn't bee mist! Seriously, this is a very helpful resource. The cover says it has "more homophones than you can shake a stick at." I don't know how many that is, but 101 sound-alike pairs and triples are covered in this book via grade-leveled worksheets and other activities. Worksheets have target homophones in large lettering on the top and ten fill-in-the-blank exercises The worksheets are intended as reinforcement; you should introduce the homophones and their correct usage before having students work them. There are also additional activities or fun facts at the bottom of each page plus an entire page of additional suggestions for using the sheets. A section of graphic organizer sheets can be used to illustrate (or paste pictures of) homophones and define them. This could even be part of your instruction process prior to having students work through the exercises. A section of homophone crossword puzzles is included following the worksheets. A table tells you when you can use each puzzle (the first can be completed after using the 2nd grade sheets). Six different homophone card games are provided, complete with cards to photocopy onto cardstock and/or laminate. A final section of More Homophone Tools contains a listing of books about or using homophones; My List of Homophones student sheets (for students to compile their own lists); tongue twisters; riddles; puns; answer keys for the worksheets and puzzles; and, finally, a mega-list of homophones (maybe more than you can shake a stick at). I think it's safe to say that this is the only homophone reference/resource book you'll ever knead!

  • Item #: 001364
    ISBN: 9780698119376
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    Brady Minton is a blabbermouth. You know the sort, as soon as they learn something new they absolutely must find someone to share it with - and the sooner, the better. So it is that when Brady discovers something fishy is going on up at Drover Hull's cabin, he just can't keep it to himself. He mentions to his father that he suspects Drover of helping runaway slaves, and he immediately regrets it. The look on his father's face tells him he should have kept his mouth shut. Later, when Brady discovers his father's involvement with the Underground Railroad, he wants to help, but he knows his father won't trust him to keep a secret. 223 pgs, pb. -Rachel P.

  • Item #: 032772
    ISBN: 9780996677189
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    As in the other Novare science texts, there is a section written to the student in preparation for doing the course. Each chapter, then, includes objectives, information broken down into smaller digestible pieces, examples and illustrations, and wraps up with a chapter exercise. Green "Do You Know" boxes tell some interesting historical fact concerning the topic. Answers to computational questions are included with each exercise. The back of the text includes a glossary, reference data, chapter equations and objectives list, experiments with guidelines for keeping a journal, scientists to know, and accurate measurements. Chapters include nature of scientific knowledge, motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, energy, momentum, atoms/matter/substances, heat and temperature, pressure and buoyancy, waves/sound/light, introduction to electricity, DC circuits, fields and magnetism, and geometric optics.

    Five (out of six) of the experiments from the Experiments for Introductory Physics are found at the back of the student text. You can do just those five and still have very in-depth labs with lab reports. The experiment information found in the back of the student text is in addition to what is found in the Experiments for Introductory Physics book, so you will need both books.

  • Item #: 014902
    ISBN: 9780671212094
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    Why did nobody tell me about this book before now??? Even just the first few chapters lifted loads from my shoulders and helped me understand so much about my reading. Did you know that we read for three basic reasons? For entertainment, information and understanding. If reading for understanding is your goal, the author of this book will take you by the hand and open the world of books up for you. There are levels to reading which you will learn about: elementary (basic reading), inspectional (skimming systematically), analytical (best and most complete reading given an unlimited amount of time), and syntopical (comparative reading through many different sources). While focusing mainly on analytical reading, this book will encourage you to take your reading level beyond elementary, (which is where many people are stuck), and to progress on to the fantastic and ever so rewarding heights of the higher levels of reading. Then be taught techniques to reading different types of books including practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science, mathematics, philosophy and social sciences. Included in Appendix A is a list of recommended reading books. I would buy the whole book just for this list; it is that helpful! While moms and dads will also want to read this book, I think it will be particularly helpful for teens as well. Progressing through high school, studying for exams, getting my teeth into classics and learning about things which interest me would all have been enhanced had I read this book long ago! This 1940 classic by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren is now brought to you in a revised, updated, and expanded version. Enjoy and be stretched! 426 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 037493
    ISBN: 9781579122829
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    This book by Michael Driscoll introduces young students to poetry and famous poets in a way they will find interesting and fun. The first part of the book describes the various types of poetry like nursery rhymes, villanelle, limerick, narrative verse, ballad, sonnet, free verse, and more. Each type of poem is described quickly and clearly, and then the book contains famous examples of that type of poem. Kids can either read the poems themselves, or play the accompanying CD when prompted. The audio CD includes all the poems in the book read alternately by a man and a woman with pleasant voices. Colorful boxes tell readers when to play a track on the CD, as well as sharing extra information about the poems or their authors. "Words for the Wise" boxes are included on each page, defining words in the poems that children may not be familiar with. "If You're a Poet, You Should Know It" boxes are also included throughout the book, with vocabulary words related to poetry defined (like stanza, alliteration, etc.). After all the types of poetry are introduced, explained, and exampled, the second half of the book is dedicated to famous poets. A quick biography of each poet is included and then excerpts from that person's poetry are shared. These excerpts (sometimes full poems) are also included on the CD. Text boxes on the pages give a summary of the poems and explain confusing parts. Fun, colorful, little drawings accompany these poems (as well as those earlier in the book) and add to the charm of the book. Homer, Shakespeare, Blake, Dickinson, Kipling, Sandburg, Heaney, Angelou, and many more are included in this section of the book. Overall, 64 famous poems are included in the book (and on the CD). With the easy-to-understand explanations and numerous examples, young students will be grasping and enjoying poetry in no time. Book includes a listing of all 64 tracks on the CD and measures 10.25" x 10.25". 96 pages, hc. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 054190
    ISBN: 9781941082621
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  • Item #: 035088
    ISBN: 9781451673319
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    In Guy Montag's day, books aren't for reading, they're for burning. Guy is a fireman, and it is his job to track down people who are hiding books and burn them. Houses are fireproof now, and Guy doesn't even know that firemen used to stop fires instead of start them. One night Guy meets a strange girl, who thinks, something Guy is not used to at all. She tells him about things from the past, things her uncle has told her and Guy has never heard. At first it just makes Guy uncomfortable, but eventually his curiosity drives him to do the unthinkable - read books and ask questions. 160 pgs.

  • Item #: 008378
    ISBN: 9780802852168
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    Curious by nature, Adara is not content with the docile lifestyle she is expected to live as a young Hebrew girl. She longs to have the same freedoms as the men folk. She daydreams of learning to read and write, a privilege offered only to Jewish boys. More than anything though, she yearns to travel outside the confines of the gated village where she lives with her family. To Adara, life is as predictable as the turning of a wheel. That is until one morning, with the blast of a trumpet, life as Adara knows it changes forever. Note: This is a fictionalized telling of the story of Naaman and Elisha, found in Kings II, Chapter 5. There is some rough language scattered throughout. You may wish to "censor" with a marker before handing this one over to your younger readers. ~ Rachel P.

  • Item #: 031601
    ISBN: 9780312644314
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    Before Rome fell, before the last of the Legions were gone from Britain and Rutupiae (Richborough), there were the Dark Ages. Justin had never been convinced that he was a soldier, even through his most courageous deeds, for he is mostly a surgeon. However, his medical expertise comes in handy when he is sent by Lucinius, his Cohort Comander, to his post. Meanwhile, Rome is endangered because of civil battles within, caused by fighting from the generals seeking the title of Emperor. Also, the Saxons are pushing in all along the coasts to invade. This story tells the tale of some real men, including Marcus Aurelius Carausius, Allectus the Traitor, the Legate Asklepiodotus, and of course Caesar Constantius. Upon Justin's arrival at his new place, he almost immediately meets a distant cousin. Their friendship becomes a valuable thing from the very beginning, when they first realize that the emperor they are defending, Carausius, has a traitor, Allectus, doing business with the Sea Wolves (Saxons) behind his back. When they try to bring this to his attention, Carausius pretends he doesn't believe them. He sends them away to a different post on the wall, which seems as a punishment. However, they later come to find that it was for their very protection. For two years after, Cullen, Carausius' servant, tracks them down and brings them a letter which explains that he knew they were right all along - and also that if he met his fate, he wanted to be sure that they would know that. As it was, Carausius was slain shortly after Justin and Flavius were sent to a different post. At this time, there are men trying to escape Allectus army, since he has taken over and named himself Emperor in Carausius place. Throughout the story, Justin and Flavius are in it all together, doing whatever it takes to stay faithful to their late Emperor and to save themselves and the Legions. Rosemary Sutcliff writes a historic, adventurous tale about loyalty, friendship, and strength.

  • Item #: 031590
    ISBN: 9780874519204
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    Elizabeth Ann lives a sheltered life under the care of her over-protective Aunt Frances. She is well cared for, but she has become fearful of everything, self-absorbed, and a hypochondriac (all by the age of 9!). Her sweet aunt, of course, meant her no harm. She was the first to offer to take care of her when her parents passed away, if only to save the dear child from living with the dreadful Putney cousins in Vermont. Since Elizabeth and her aunt were so close (in fact she felt as if she was the only one who understood her), it was only a matter of time before her opinion of the Putney's rubbed off on Elizabeth. Elizabeth's life is turned upside down when her aunt is no longer able to care for her. Next thing she knows, she is on a train to the dreaded Putney farm! Here begins "Betsy's" adventures in New England, where life with her country cousins isn't nearly as bad as she imagined. In fact, her new-found independence and strength are invigorating. When Aunt Frances writes to tell her she is coming to take her back, Betsy is faced with a difficult choice. 178 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 020037
    ISBN: 9780981813776
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    At least three music courses (for beginners – either in age or experience) in one user-friendly, family-oriented package: music appreciation/history, reading music, and making/enjoying music. We all have this nagging idea that we really ought to be doing something about music but don't know exactly what. Or perhaps you're one of those moms who recognize that there are tremendous advantages for your children (spiritually, emotionally and mentally) when enjoying music is part of your daily lives but you can't imagine how you'll fit one more thing into your busy lives and homes. Marcia Washburn makes it easy for us by leading us step-by-step and providing a wealth of online resources to broaden that experience. You don't need to be able to read music or recognize one composer from another or spend a lot of money or time gathering resources. The author even assures us that this product has been "field-tested to ensure that musically illiterate adults can confidently use it with their children."

    Beethoven Who? is an ebook, or in other words, pdf files on CD-ROM, readable from your computer. This ebook-on-CD format is perfect for providing quality information, hands-on activities, games, reproducible listening sheets and listening suggestions in an affordable package. AND, there are links – lots of links – to quality internet sources for listening to orchestra-performed and artist-performed pieces (classical, traditional, folk, patriotic, and sacred music). Many of the listening links also provide video footage so you get a great view of each instrument in the orchestra. As we mentioned earlier, coverage of all things introductory and basic to music appreciation and enjoyment are included. The first section – Listening to Music – provides an overview of the elements of music (terms and basic info) followed by a period-by-period examination of major composers, musical instruments, historical setting, and notable pieces. In this section are briefly annotated (the author tells what to expect and look for) links to orchestras performing various pieces as well as video re-enactments such as costumed musicians playing period instruments while floating on the Thames River in England and even flash mob versions. The links are designed to build in you and your children appreciation for the music involved and to just plain enjoy a huge variety of musical experiences. In this section you'll find descriptions of the various periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Twentieth Century), short biographical sketches (with full-color pictures) of the major composers within each, examples of their major works, and lots of interesting odds and ends about both composers and works. To give you just a bit of an idea of the care that has gone into making the video link selections, consider the Flight of the Bumblebee (a work of the Romantic period composer Rimsky-Korsakov). Links for this piece include an orchestra (so you can see how fast their fingers need to move), the record-holder for the fastest violin version, a master violinist (Perlman) performance, a number of solo instruments each playing the piece (oboe, bassoon, clarinet, soprano recorder, and tuba), a Canadian Brass comedic version, a Disney cartoon shortened version, and, lastly, a boogie-woogie rendition on the piano. Notes on these links include observing that at 1:55 the pianist is smiling at an audience member (boogie-woogie) and a caution not to read the comments on the clarinet link (inappropriate content).

    The second section – Reading Music – covers all the basics providing a wealth of reinforcing activities. Reproducible masters are often included for memory games or bingo, for instance, as well as using a variety of rudimentary, homemade musical instruments (toilet paper tube maracas, oatmeal container drums, metal bottle cap tambourines, and a drinking glass orchestra – all instructions included). Music Reading, Pitch, Rhythm, and Dynamics are all covered. Activities are easy and fun to do and will involve your entire family in a musical exploration adventure.

    Section 3 – Making Music – transported me back to my grade school days and had me agreeing with the author that American folk and traditional songs – once learned in elementary school music classes like mine – are disappearing from our culture. You'll appreciate her determination not to let that happen as you listen through her list of not-to-be-missed songs: action songs (London Bridge), love/friendship songs (Bicycle Built for Two), animal songs (Itsy, Bitsy Spider), work songs (I've Been Working on the Railroad), patriotic songs (America the Beautiful), and sacred songs (hymns such as A Mighty Fortress and children's songs such as Jesus Loves the Little Children). Trust me, I've only scratched the surface of her many, many suggestions here. Again, there are a multitude of annotated links and often, historical and cultural anecdotes. She ends this section with suggestions for ways you can make music together as a family and ways to incorporate musical experiences into your everyday family life. A series of appendices include How to Use the Links in the Book, an Elements of Music Chart, a master for Sample Listening Sheets, a Resources list, and a Glossary of Terms. There is also a complete index for the entire e-book./

    You can probably tell that I'm excited about the potential of this product to open the lives of our children to musical experiences, some noble, some mundane. There's over 300 pages of musical information, countless links, reproducibles, and, most importantly, the sense that "I can do this!" ~ Janice

  • Item #: 049599
    ISBN: 9781893103092
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    A very clear and direct biography of Stalin. This book tells you everything you would want to know about Stalin, his mother and father, his wife, his child, his rise to power and his iron-fist rule. A few black and white photographs of Stalin, his wife and his associates are included. By Albert Marrin, 244 pgs., pb.

  • Item #: 017806
    ISBN: 9781933054704
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    Students complete various fraction-specific math problems, then use the answers and color-coded clues to color in squares on a 9x9 square grid. The first denominator in the problem tells which vertical column to use and the answer gives you the horizontal so you know which square to color. Names of various animals are revealed once the squares are all colored in.

  • Item #: 068032
    ISBN: 9780936110097
    Retail: $16.00
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      How do you teach a child to follow directions? Practice. Practice. Practice. In this case, 50 creative practice activities that will save you (the teacher/parent) loads of time. While following directions may be more of a life skill, than a book-learned skill, these activities build critical listening (aka active listening.) The pages are pretty much scripted for you. Let the kids know they have to listen to play; students cannot ask you to repeat yourself over and over. You may need some basic props (such as crackers or paperclips) and an occasional simple worksheet, but the students will only need a pencil (maybe crayons), paper, scissors and a ruler. Tell them they can only react once you have read the entire direction. No jumping in too soon! The activities really look fun to me! I would have loved this as a student. It would work in small groups as well as classrooms (the target audience.) You can also adapt this for 1 or 2 students. Sometimes they will be at their desk with paper, other times the activities are more physical. Either way, the kids will be on the edge of their seats awaiting your directions! sc, 110pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 067830
    Retail: $229.95
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    Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit 1 (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. We understand there will be two more levels: Books 5-8 are for ages 4-7; Books 9-12 are for ages 6-8. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (they do to me as well), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more." For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet. The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit 1 and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

    Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. There is a checklist included, as the back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

    A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. Although appropriate wording is modeled in the lessons, there is also general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning.

    As mentioned before the Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you. For instance, Lesson 24, Book 4 practices comparative terminology. There are eight points to the lesson. The first point covers "est" words and comparing three or more things. The second point talks about the "er" words and comparing two things. Then there are five sets of pictures of various objects to compare starting with three objects of varying sizes but progressing to four and six objects. About 95 pgs each, spiral-bound.

    The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

    The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

    The Lesson Mat needs to be mentioned. It is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

    The Kit contents all have a purpose within the lessons. While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest.

    Kit 1 includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), 4 tubs of Play-Doh; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; and CD with 24 language arts songs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 067647
    ISBN: 9780991296859
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      In comic book format, Anatomics tells the story of Dr. Bonyfide and Pinky as they travel back in time, using the “historator”, to help Pinky learn about the bones of the human body in the setting of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece. There, Pinky will learn about all the bones of the body and how they work as she participates in the Pentathlon. This book is a fun introduction for those who like to learn in less traditional ways. 72 pg, hc.

  • Item #: 066108
    ISBN: 9780987873910
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      Math is used in every aspect of life and there is no exception for horse lovers. This workbook shows students how to apply math concepts to working with horses daily. Intended as a supplement for 4th or 5th grade, this workbook is full of real-world story problems that will invite the horse lover in your life to also love math.

      This isn’t a systematic presentation of math concepts. Sections are arranged per the horse information, not the math. For example, the first chapter is titled A Day in the Life and is about telling time (timelines) and doing time problems. The student is asked to draw hands on clocks to show specific times and math problems that ask the student how long an event might take or how long it took to complete a task. There is no instruction on how to do the problem; it is assumed that the student will already know this. A Trip to the Tack Store is about money. Horse Science and Stable Management and Sports include addition, multiplication, and measurement. Horse Facts and Math Games and Things to Make and Do, give horse lovers an opportunity to apply what they have learned in the book – work through a math maze, crack the race code, learn some horse history, make your own hay net, make your own fly fringe, make horse cookies, and more. Pages with math problems to work provide work space and answers are found at the back of the book.

      Level 1 is the first in a three-book series that is in progress right now. The book is 175 pages, and spiral bound, for ease of use. For more math activities, students can join the Horse Lovers Math Club at horseloversmath.com. Combine the real-world of horses with math application that is sure to please the horse lover in your family. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 066075
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       The illustrations you know and love from Write Brain products, but in jumbo flashcard form! Each card has an illustration on either side, and there are several ways to use them. Study the card, then describe everything you saw. Imagine being one of the characters pictured, and explain what you think they’re feeling. Tell or write a short story about what you think is happening. Think of these as visual, colorful writing prompts for kids of all ages. You could even use these for a foreign language exercise by writing your story in the language you’re studying. Set includes 22 4.5x8.75” cards. – Laura

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

  • Item #: 065474
    ISBN: 9781623701345
    Retail: $12.95
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       I use to babysit, and I’m sure that many of you did too. I didn’t have a book to help me or train me or tell me exactly what should be done, but it might have been helpful. If you have a youngster who is interested in starting a babysitting business, the Babysitter’s Backpack can be a tremendous help. The book lays out the basic rules that every babysitter should know, safety tips, how to make babysitting a business, and activities to help entertain the children from six months to five years of age. They even tell you how to put together your own activities tote kit. The content is broken down into short, topical reading sections and bulleted lists for easy reading or reference. Blue “What Should You Do?” boxes are scattered throughout the book just to see if you remember what you read. Quiz answers are found in the back, along with four bonus questions. This book will help your child gain the skills and confidence needed to become a responsible babysitter. 128 pgs, p/b. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 065167
    ISBN: 9780892217403
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       Do you believe in miracles? I know I do, but I’m sure there are some who need scientific proof or a logical explanation for events that take place throughout history and in their own lives. This book looks at God’s hand in the lives of His people, and that out of His love for them has been with them throughout history. From ancient times to the present, God has kept His promises to His children, and that truth acts as a reassurance to us that He will keep His promises to us. This 187-page book begins with the early chapters of the Bible and tells God’s story from the beginning. The authors then take you through the years of Jesus and Israel today. Jewish people were scattered abroad but then returned to Zion during the 19th century, they have been hated and persecuted throughout history, but God continues to have a miraculous presence. God has blessed the nation of Israel as He promised and, today, is a strong presence in military and technology, among other things. Israel is still “despised among men” but blessed by God. And the miracles that have brought them to this place in history are of God. Some might say coincidence, but I believe in miracles. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 064882
    ISBN: 9781583246771
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       The Rekenrek is a math tool that is similar to an abacus. The Rekenrek has only two bars, each with ten beads (five red, and five white); this is a great tool to help students understand early number concepts. You may be one of those folks that like the concept of using a helpful hands-on visual for math, but don’t know where to begin. Working with the Rekenrek offers 48 activities to help you best incorporate this math tool. There are activities in the areas of: subitizing, counting, cardinality, composition and decomposition of numbers, place value, and more. Activities start out very basic with counting forward and progress in difficulty as students better understand the math concepts involved. Each activity tells the number of students that should be involved (individual, pairs, group), materials needed (reproducibles from the back of the book and household items), an overview of the activity, and the standards met. Step-by-step instructions are then offered to complete the task along with tips to assess your student’s response. Activities include some fun activities like BINGO, concentration cards, and more. The book is 179 pages long, but 74 of the pages are reproducible blacklines for the activities.

      If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce number concepts to early elementary students, the Rekenrek is an excellent hands-on option! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 064862
    ISBN: 9780758644480
    Retail: $19.99
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       The Bible can be overwhelming, especially for new believers or those just starting out and trying to understand. This book tells 120 key stories (chronologically) accompanied by 134 prints of realistic art and 107 informational graphics and maps. Each story is two pages – the first page is a retelling of the story marked with the book and chapter reference, ‘Words to Remember’ is a memory verse from the ESV, and the second page is a picture or map that complements the story. In cases where there is a picture, two or three ‘Did You Know’ questions offer additional information about the history or culture or a reference to the meaning of certain words. Periodically, readers will find a two-page spread that offers informational graphics about a book of the Bible, a Bible character, an event, etc. – the kings of Judah and Israel, story of Jonah, and the book of Amos, just to name a few. The visuals give clarity to topics that might be confusing. This book is not intended to be a complete retelling of the Bible; several of the New Testament books are presented with just the two-page informational graphic pages. The topical index makes it easier to refer to specific stories.

      If you know someone who needs a simpler explanation of Bible content, the pictures and graphics found in this book will be very helpful. It could also be used as your daily family Bible reading, since it should have an appeal to multiple learning styles and age groups. 368 pages, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063713
    ISBN: 9781596437326
    Retail: $12.99
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    If you have a child who is crazy for cartooning, this book is perfect (it’s crazy!). Essentially, it gives young artists tips and ideas for their own creations through, well, a really nutty story about a movie being made in a castle where most of the characters don’t know they are in a movie. In the course of this kooky tale, you learn about drawing body shapes, costume choices, body language, and facial expressions all to bring your comic characters to life on the page. It’s silly and funny and I liked the roundabout approach to teaching through story telling. It fits the media after all! Knights, castles, robots, wizards, witches…elephants, broccoli, ballerinas, frogs…something for everyone to inspire your creativity and get your characters on paper. 10” x 7.5”, 63 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 063680
    ISBN: 9780529108982
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

      Subtitled, Celebrating Great Women of the Bible, this is a Bible story book with a unique focus: encouraging brave living. Each Bible story shows how God uses ordinary girls to do amazing things for Him just by following His lead! To relay the stories, you are introduced to a diverse group of five girls: Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie, and Faith, who form a youth group called Brave Girls. They work together to know God more and honor Him by telling others about Him. Each girl tells a different Bible story (18 stories from the Old Testament and 13 from the New), connects it a bit with her own life, and then ends each with a brief devotion-like summary and a one-sentence prayer. The predominant focus is the Bible story, but full-color, water-color type illustrations fill the accompanying page. Note an interesting layout choice: occasionally, you must turn the book to read a few stories that are set in landscape mode. An additional section adds a brief quiz to see which brave girl you are most like. This seems a bit of a fluffy touch, but I think the goal is to help girls identify the talents with which they can glorify God. The ending contains a 5-page collection of “Brave” verses that serve for Scripture memory, and a letter from the Brave Girls. While sharing crucial Bible truths, I think this devotional might also encourage girls to live in faith and fellowship. 7/25” x 9.25”, 208 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 062232
    Retail: $19.95
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    Sara Jordan's series of language learning songs has been around for a while now (item #053347). This, however, is an enhanced version of Bilingual Beginners Spanish and uses the same songs as on that CD, but is expanded on. A nicely done workbook is included so you now have lessons to go with the songs. Students will work on oral skills (greetings, following instruction, singing, rolling R's), writing (made for beginner writers with dotted letters/words to trace), reading (simple words, word boxes, coloring activities, matching), grammar (questions, affirmative, negative, nouns, gender, articles, present tense verbs), vocabulary building (greetings, colors, numbers, home, time, food, family, body) and spelling (alphabetizing, capitalizing, Spanish accent marks). There are 12 lessons all together with answers in the back. For each lesson, there are cards for games and teaching activities: requires printing off cards from the publisher's website. Lessons are shown in both English and Spanish and have a group activity, the audio portion from the CD, and 2 or 4 writing activity pages. Since the CD models pronunciation, knowing how to speak Spanish isn't necessary. I think it would be helpful to have some prior exposure to aid your young learners' pronunciation. Reproducible for one classroom/homeschool. 63pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 060820
    ISBN: 9781433549373
    Retail: $12.99
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    Using the Bible, history and other source documents, Kevin DeYoung offers good information for Christians on the topic of homosexuality. The content is written in an uncondemning fashion, but still calls it “sin”.

    The book is presented in two parts – “Understanding God’s Word” and “Answering Objections.” The first part takes you back to Genesis and creation, to Sodom and Gomorrah, through the laws of Leviticus, and to the New Testament and Paul’s words on the subject. Knowing God’s Word and what it really says should be the foundation for any Believer. The second part of the book addresses more contemporary objections on the topic of homosexuality. Appendices spend a short amount of time addressing same-sex marriage, same-sex attraction and the church’s role in this controversial arena.

    The bottom line is faithfulness. We as Christians are to be faithful and spread the good news of the Gospel to everyone: “We need truth. We need grace. We need Jesus.” The Bible tells us that sin is “changeable, redeemable, and wondrously forgivable.” 158 pgs, sc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060814
    ISBN: 9781601447135
    Retail: $0.00
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    When children are young, we teach them to recognize sequences, shapes, and patterns as prerequisites to math – important skills to build upon. This book from The Critical Thinking Company incorporates some fun puzzles to work with children at the fifth to seventh grade level to really get them thinking about math functions. Five different types of puzzles make the math exploration challenging – Pattern Predictor, Equality Explorer, Sequence Sleuth, Number Ninja, and Function Finder. There are eight of each type for a total of 40 puzzles that become progressively more difficult. Pattern Predictor asks the student to look at a pattern of shapes and predict where the pattern will be in future stages. Equality Explorer is like Balance Benders (also by Critical Thinking Press) where the student sees a series of balances with shapes on one side and a number on the other – the student has to figure out the value of each shape in order to equal the number on the other side (balancing equations). Sequence Sleuth shows a sequence of patterns, objects, letters, etc. and asks a series of questions in which the student is to determine future stages in the sequence based upon what they can already see. Number Ninja lays out a series of operations and tells you a starting or ending number. Based on the operations you have to determine the missing start or finish number. The fifth type of puzzle is the Function Finder in which the student is to determine what functions are being employed given the example presented – look for a pattern and understand it. An example of this last puzzle would be 6♦7=43, 8♦3=25, 9♦10=91, 2♦5=11. Based on the mystery function offered here, what would the answers be to 5♦9 and 16♦3? The mystery functions would be multiply and add one, so the answers would be 46 and 49, consecutively.

    Hints for solving the puzzles and solutions are offered at the back of the book. These are very helpful when you get stuck.

    I know this book says that it is for 5th – 7th grade, but I feel like the number-brain exercises in these puzzles would be good for even high school and adults. I have completely enjoyed working the puzzles in this book. Like other Critical Thinking products, this book is reproducible for classroom and family use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 059342
    ISBN: 9781481436021
    Retail: $3.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.25

    This Ready to Read Level 2 reader tells the story you know from the classic Halloween Peanut's tale. Charlie Brown goes trick or treating with his friends, but with every house he comes to, he only gets rocks! 30 softcover pages. ~ Laura