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  • Item #: 015101
    Retail: $14.99
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    Easily save your progress on a puzzle with this neat mat. Simply lay down the 24”x42” felt mat and assemble your puzzle (Up to 1500 pieces) on top. Need to stop or take a break? No problem! Simply roll your mat and puzzle around the included telescoping tube and secure with the included elastic straps. When you’re ready to work again, unroll and press pieces together. – Laura

  • Item #: 050476
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.50
    If you have child who loves to play "I Spy" then this card game is for you. Spot it! is really four games in one, well maybe five games since I invented my own solitaire version while looking it over. Cards have eight images on them that you try to match with another card. One of those eight images will match on any two cards. As you lay your cards down, you want to be the first to find the matching images. It could be a cat, a dinosaur, a moon, or a wedge of cheese, among others. Kids will recognize the shapes so reading is not necessary to play. This game is fast and fun and does not take up much space. I even like that it is round and comes in a little red tin, makes it a little different from any old card game. ~ Sara
  • Item #: 004343
    Retail: $12.99
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    Another fantastic game by Set Enterprises! Adding a fifth suit to cards, the star, brings a new dimension to playing cards. 11 hands make up the game. Similar to rummy, you may lay down sets of three, called books, or runs of three or more cards. There's a twist to the game, though; in the first round, you get three cards, in the next round four, etc., all the way to the 11th round, in which you would get 13 cards. When a player plays his last cards, each other player has one more turn to play. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 033808
    Retail: $7.59
    Rainbow Price: $5.75

    Simple and quick to play, this game fast became a favorite at our house! Combining elements of Uno and "slapping" card games, there's something for everyone to enjoy - especially young players. To begin, everyone is dealt ten cards which they can pick up, look at, and organize however they like. Cards are either plain but colored (purple, blue, green, or red); colored and display either "Super Swap," "Switch Color," or "Slap!" directions; or are "wild" and contain "Swap" directions. All remaining cards are placed face-down in a draw pile, and one card is placed face up to make a discard pile. The first player must lay down a card of the same color as the card in the discard pile, either a plain color card, a special colored direction card, or a wild "Swap." If a player plays a "Swap," they must trade their hand with another player, but if a "Super Swap" is played, then all players switch hands with each other. If a "Slap" card is played, all players must slap the discard pile, and the last player to slap has to take a card from the player who played the "Slap" card. Swap! is unique from other card games in that whole hands of cards are constantly being traded, which means that each player's strategy must keep changing with the cards as well!

  • Item #: 054874
    Retail: $15.99
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    This one might be too pretty to be a math game! The smooth colorful tiles, the chunky die, the cone-shaped pouch… it all adds up to a game that begs to jump off the shelf and be played. In the game, 2-5 players all use their tiles to add onto a central number "crossword" made up of tiles. At the beginning of the game, the die is rolled to find the "key" number. This will be 3, 4 or 5. Players will each draw eight tiles to start, and the first player uses as many of their tiles as possible to build a row that not only adds up to a multiple of the key number, but doesn't repeat any color of tile. So if the key number is '5' you could lay down a green '1,' an orange '9,' a purple '3' and a red '7.' The total of the tiles is 20, which is a multiple of five, and no color is used more than once. The next player then uses as many of their tiles as possible, while adding onto the first player's row. You can also add more tiles to an existing row, as long as you don't break the color or number rule. The game ends when all tiles have been used that can be used, and the player with the most points wins. Variations for other versions are also included.

  • Item #: 074308
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.99

     Provide a unique sensory experience with this water-filled cushion. Find a spot in the yard, fill it with the garden hose, and let your kids step, jump, sit, kneel, lay down or roll around on it. The sturdy vinyl is translucent, allowing kids to see the 12 plastic fish move around inside.  The round Aquapod is 48” in diameter with 3” fish and has a maximum weight of 300 lbs.  A great way to cool off on a warm summer day!

  • Item #: 065455
    ISBN: 9781892427557
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    Your mission: Rule over the other players to overtake the nation and empty your hand of cards. As leader, you have choices. Will you lead with an iron fist or will there be a majority vote? Do you lead wisely and justly, with liberty for all, or are some “more equal than others”? Options abound as you discover various forms of government: Democracy, Monarchy, Theocracy, Communism, Republic, and Plutocracy. Be alert - even as you lead the nations, you are not protected from the surprise military coupe or total anarchy! This fast-paced game twists and turns through a wide range of scenarios as players strategize how best to lay down all their cards first. The game includes 228 playing cards and 12 leadership cards as well as blank ‘do it yourself’ and leadership cards to create personal scenarios. This game was a huge hit with my older children as they strategized to control the direction of the game and rule the round. An excellent introduction to various forms of government for all ages. 2-12 Players ~Deanne

  • Item #: 014806
    ISBN: 9781589474208
    Retail: $2.99
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    The object of this zany game is to use five cards to make a sentence. 54 cards are color coded and divided into four categories: adjectives, nouns, verbs, and conjunctions. Players draw and discard until a player can lay down a five-card sentence, which is worth 5 points. Play continues until someone scores 20 points. Kids will love learning the parts of speech with this wacky game! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 030377
    ISBN: 9781587920417
    Retail: $3.99
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    There are a lot of spelling word games out there, but if your young speller doesn't find all that pressure and competition conducive to producing correctly spelled simple words, you might whip this out for some less hectic spelling fun. Spellominoes consists of 56 generously-sized cards, featuring a word beginning on one side, and a word ending on the other. Players take turn laying their cards down to build words, much the same way that dominoes is played. The one who plays all their cards first to form legitimate words is the winner. Directions and game variations are included.

  • Item #: 009998
    ISBN: 9781572811416
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.50

    Here's a game we've enjoyed for years. The thick deck contains several cards each of the numbers 1-12, a handful of skips, and a bunch of wilds. Each round, every player gets ten cards. There are ten different phases to go through, starting with two sets of three. For example, before you can lay down cards, you have to collect three 6's and three 12's. Then you have safely completed that phase, and you can try and add the remaining cards in your hand to other people's sets. Once someone has run out of cards, that round is over. Whoever layed down goes onto the next phase, and anyone who didn't stays on that phase. Everyone except the person who ran out counts the points left in their hands, and the cards are mixed and dealt out again. The phases start to get trickier, one calling for a run of 9, and another for a set of 5 and a set of 3. The winner is the person who makes it through all the phases first with the least amount of points. For 2 - 10 players. As you get more players, it get's more challenging to complete the phases and go on, which leaves some people way behind in phases - and points. An old stand by for those nothing-to-do evenings. - Mel

  • Item #: 006594
    ISBN: 9780971672949
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95
    This beautiful, all-wooden game challenges players to create a city landscape of skyscrapers - but everyone is trying to accomplish their own individual goal from a different side of the board! The board has sixteen raised wooden spaces in a four by four grid. Wooden blocks of different heights are included, and players take turns placing the blocks on the spaces. Before the game begins, each player places four dice in their wooden tray to lay out the "architectural plans" for their city skyline. Each die corresponds with one row from their point of view. A "1" indicates that when you look down that line from a straight on view, you will see exactly one building. It doesn't mean that there will only be one building in that row, just that the tallest building (or one of the tallest buildings) will be in the front. A "2" means you will see two buildings, "3" you'll see three buildings, and "4" you'll see four building. A "5" means that there will be two buildings of the same height in that row. A "6" means that the tallest building in the city will be in that row. Accomplishing different goals at the end of the game awards you different point values, depending on level of difficulty. Of course, you never know what other players are competing for - and their plans can directly contradict yours. So plan your strategy well to score the most points for your city design! 2-4 players. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 063911
    ISBN: 9781441318411
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

      Graduating to alcohol based markers means that you have turned a corner in your artistic skills! They are completely different to work with than regular markers. The alcohol in them makes the colors flow and the effects you can make are exciting! Apply wet to wet for the best ombre shading. I bought a set to use with my adult coloring books. You have to practice to get familiar with the medium. This set includes 24 vivid, archival colors. Each marker has a fine tip and a brush tip. You can layer the colors once they dry to get deeper shades. Where regular markers go on streaky, these go on evenly. You will feel like a professional colorist, illustrator or cartoonist! This set is a budget-friendly option compared to other alcohol-based markers we carry. Colors include:  1 black, 3 grays, 4 greens, 4 blues, 2 purples, 1 yellow, 1 red, 2 pink, 3 browns, 2 beige tones, and 1 colorless blender (lay this down first, then apply colors and watch them bleed together). ~Sara


  • Item #: 014445
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    I'm 2 years old and proudly sitting down to draw for the first time. I have my jumbo crayons and my brand new sketch pad from Melissa and Doug® in front of me. Let the creativity begin! What's even better is that the pad is spiral bound so it will lay flat while I work and my mommy can keep all my drawings in one place for safe-keeping. The medium weight paper has a slight texture, so I can also use my other drawing tools like colored pencils, chalk pastels, and markers. I might even place some stickers in my sketch pad too, since it has 50 sheets and plenty of room to create! Made in USA.
  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
    Retail: $32.95
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    Subtitled "Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling," this volume lives up to its name. Using a Basic Phonics approach (aka "pure" phonics), no sight words are introduced until basic decoding and reading skills are well-established. Even then, such words are introduced in clusters according to sound and spelling pattern so that they may be more easily learned. If you are familiar with other phonics programs, this one strikes me as a cross between Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and Alpha-Phonics. It is well organized, systematic, incremental, and thorough in its presentation. Instructions are clear and lessons require no preparation time. After reading through the brief introduction, you can sit right down with the book and your child, spending 10-15 minutes a day on the lessons. If you feel overwhelmed or ill-equipped to teach your child to read, you should be able to succeed with this program because the author has already done the "legwork" for you. She provides it all - how to present and explain each phonogram, spelling rules that apply, reviews, exercises and helpful tips. Additionally, the author includes exercises for vision/motor coordination exercises (which are apparently identical to ones prescribed by ophthalmologists for problems with eye strength or tracking). Testimonials abound, with success stories in regular classrooms, from home schoolers, with learning disabled children, and with older and remedial students. The approach is multisensory, so it will be just as usable with a visual learner as an auditory or kinesthetic one. Going beyond teaching phonograms, the book covers contractions, plural forms, homonyms and homophones, homographs, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. An additional helpful feature is the attention given to syllabication. The author's approach here makes it possible for the young reader to confidently tackle even the longest words. As she so aptly states, "How children learn may be different - but what they learn should be the same. Everyone should be able to decode even the longest unfamiliar words, syllable by syllable." Indeed, the book progresses from "a" to "A strong foundation to a house is indispensable" with sure mastery of skills in between. Typeface for the student to read is large (24 pt) so as not to strain the eyes and both printed and written forms of "a" and "g" are taught. The program is self-contained with no supplemental readers or materials required (though you will probably want to supply your student with additional reading material at his skill level). Welcome additions to the 10th edition include: pictures illustrating every sound introduced, lessons in dividing multi-syllable words, and nonsense word reviews to ensure learning. The paperback format also features easy-to-copy, lay-flat pages. The appropriate integration of spelling rules into the phonics lessons (reminiscent of An Acorn in My Hand) make this an excellent spelling reference also. Little proverbs of encouragement, both for teacher and student, are sprinkled generously throughout. One oddity of the book is that it seems to be written from a third person point of view - speaking to the student but, at times, addressing both you and the student as though the author was there speaking to both of you (kind of like a phonics facilitator). This threw me in the first bank of instructions, but, after that, its references to the teacher as a separate entity disappear, and the text can be used as your verbal instruction to your child. The completeness, ease of use, and relatively low cost of this program should make it valuable to homeschoolers as their basal phonics curriculum.

  • Item #: 074310
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $25.99

     Provide a unique sensory experience with this water-filled cushion. Find a spot in the yard, fill it with the garden hose, and let your kids step, jump, sit, kneel, lay down or roll around on it. The sturdy vinyl is translucent, allowing kids to see the 12 plastic fish move around inside.  The Rectangular Aquapod is 48” x 24” with 1” fish and supports 200 lbs. A great way to cool off on a warm summer day!

  • Item #: 067825
    ISBN: 9781338104882
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.25


    There is something to be said for a simple, non-dated planner with cheerful colors. A few handy pages include a list of user names and passwords, a list of your student contact information, birthdays, a list of holidays, and an overall schedule for the year. The calendar’s main portion contains a 2-page spread of monthly calendars for July to June. The months have colored tabs and pretty, inspirational phrases. Each month has a pretty color scheme. The lesson pages have M-F in rainbow colors down the left side with 7 subjects/times across the top, and a space for the week number. Each space has 6 dotted lines to write on in a space about 4x5cm. It’s a generous amount of space for recording what you did that day or for planning out your year. A handy pocket is included inside the back cover. 9x11” (1cm thick) ~ Sara

  • Item #: 065474
    ISBN: 9781623701345
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

       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 #: 065080
    ISBN: 9781892033734
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

      This journal would be perfect for the traveler, young or old. The cover is made of heavy brown cardboard to stand up to the adventure, there are 200 pages printed with soy ink on manila paper, and it is spiral-bound to lay flat. The journal starts off with a map of the United States – you can shade in the states as you visit them. States are arranged alphabetically and each includes a full-page map of the state with major cities and the capital marked. One full page has space to write the date visited and with whom, purpose/reason for the visit, places visited, what I enjoyed most, what I found most interesting, and what you would like to do on the next visit. The next two pages allow space for notes or journaling about the experience. There are even some interesting facts printed on the note page. Journal your way across the 50 states and the things you will discover!

  • Item #: 061963
    ISBN: 9780825429415
    Retail: $25.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.77

    At just about any home school convention in the 1980’s or 1990’s, you would be able to attend a workshop or main session on creation vs. evolution, and more specifically, why young earth creation (the universe being something less than 10,000 years old) was the correct belief. The home school market has been dominated by young earth speakers and books. While there is evidence to support this view, a young earth is not the only possibility for a created universe. Indeed, in centuries gone by, theologians from the Christian church tended to believe in old earth creationism. This book gives us a broad overview of some of the aspects of the debate and looks at evidence presented by various factions during different eras, with their relative strengths and weaknesses. Not even the co-authors agree. Mark Rooker is a young-earth creationist, while Kenneth Keathley leans toward old earth creationism.

    Part of the debate hinges on looking at scientific evidence in light of biblical and religious understanding. The first few chapters of the book are devoted to summarizing the primary beliefs and theories that are held, both scientific and religious, ancient and modern, Christian and non-Christian. I liked a couple of points that the authors made here. In the Genesis account of creation, God states several times that His creation “was good,” with the summary statement in Gen. 1:31 of “it was very good.” Compare this to Eastern religions that consider the physical world to be an illusion, or that the physical world is something to avoid or escape from. The authors also make the point that whether a person comes down on the side of creation or evolution depends on his view of design vs. age; if one believes that the universe is well-designed, he tends to believe in creation, but if one believes that the universe is very old, he tends to believe in evolution.

    While the first part of the book lays out the basic beliefs, the rest of the book is divided into five parts that get into more specific issues. Part 2 delves more deeply into the creation account in Genesis 1 & 2. Part 3 discusses possible meanings of the days of creation. With that background, Part 4 delves into questions about the age of the earth and evidences for them. Next comes a section on the Fall and the Flood. The last section deals with evolution and intelligent design.

    I must say that parts of the book presented evidence that conflicted with my point of view. I believe this will be true no matter what your point of view may be, since the goal of the authors is to discuss the evidence for the various theories, not to promote any specific one. I applaud their ability to openly discuss evidence and to be honest about the fact that not all evidence supports any one theory. This reminded me of a presentation I attended some years ago by a woman who is an astrophysicist working for NASA on the Hubble Telescope project. She said of evolution/old earth creationism/new earth creationism debate that at one time or another, she had personally been in all three camps. This book will broaden your horizons to the scope of the debate and give you a good handle on its main ideas. 430 pgs, sc. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 060725
    ISBN: 9781623999520
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.08

    Race up and down the alphabet before time runs out! This simple game helps reinforce letters that are neighbors. Box includes 52 cards (2 of each letter) and a 1-minute sand timer. Players lay out 8 cards in front of them, face up. Extra cards are set aside in a draw pile. The dealer flips the timer and players start to play on the "coaster" cards set between them. They can play an A or a C on top of a B, for example. As you play a card, you take another from the draw pile. If you cannot play a card, you pass. When no one can play a card, each player adds a new "coaster" card and play continues. Play ends when the timer runs out. Winner has the fewest cards. It's fast and furious and builds letter skills! Ages 6+, 2-4 players. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 058821
    ISBN: 9781450839815
    Retail: $11.98
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    This would be a fun book for an older sibling to do with a younger sibling. The spiral bound book has 301 illustrated questions tackling key phonics concepts for beginning readers such as letters, vowels, rhyming, hard & soft sounds and blends. Read the questions out loud and ask the little kiddo to point to, name or complete the answer. As you lay the book open, the questions are on the left and answers are on the right – so the design intends for you to fold it over to see only the questions. Questions become harder as you progress through the book. Colorful photos and illustrations on every page make it even more fun! This is a good pick up & put down as needed item to have on hand. Make the most of those in-between moments! pb, 192 pp, 7"x9" (excluding the spiral binding) ~ Sara

  • Item #: 051494
    ISBN: 9780981642659
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.55

    Admittedly a little dull-looking on the outside, this small book holds a wealth of practical information inside. The book primarily addresses parents who are trying to decide whether or not to send their child to preschool, and it argues against it for a number of interesting reasons. While homeschooling is rarely mentioned and not assumed, the practical activity suggestions and insight into what may be "trendy" at the moment in preschool education makes this a valuable resource for homeschool families as well. The first three chapters lay the foundation, discussing intelligence, cognitive development, and the role of family relationships in building intelligence. The following chapters look at one facet of learning and break it down into very readable pieces, providing practical, informal suggestions to create a learning environment. For example, in the chapter on language skills, you'll find advice on how to talk to your child to build vocabulary and grammar, encouragement to intentionally use more complex sentence structure, tips to incorporate math language into daily routines, suggestions for working calendar concepts (seasons, days, months, holidays) into your conversation, and suggestions for having your child speak with other adults and adults who also speak a foreign language. Other chapters in this section address reading to your child, the benefits of playtime, use of educational TV/computer programs, the arts, learning through everyday routines at home, making the most out of running errands, exercise and nutrition, and educational community resources to consider (museums, local businesses, community events, etc.). Whether you're just starting your educational journey with your children or you're concerned you're not spending enough focused time with your preschooler while you homeschool your older children, there is a lot of good material here to make the most of the preschool years. By Renee and Mike Mosiman, 216 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 045940
    Retail: $3.39
    Rainbow Price: $3.25

      Add interest to pencil and charcoal drawings with intense contrast, highlights and accents from white charcoal pencils by General’s Pencil Co. Create dramatic effects on dark or colored papers too. White charcoal is soft and lays down smooth. Set includes 2 pencils and a metal sharpener. Made in USA. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 042776
    ISBN: 9781414368740
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    "I want to become a Navy SEAL." Those words might rouse admiration, courage, trepidation and possibly disbelief. As a parent, how do you respond? Bravely, the author's father, after his initial disbelief, supported his son's dream by providing a mentor and training partner who later was brutally murdered in Iraq. This captivating story gives parents and teens a front and center seat in the journey from US Navy recruit training, SEAL training in BDU/S, Hell week, and multiple tours of duty with SEAL teams 1 and 7. Through his eyes, we see him experience grief at the loss of his mentor, battling with the party lifestyle, experiencing the horrors of war and the power of grace and salvation. While horrifying, the events experienced are written with discretion, making this an inspiring option for families to discover the true meaning of sacrifice: "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." 284 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 039229
    Retail: $64.99
    Rainbow Price: $57.95

    From one homeschool mom to another. Everything in this program is designed to communicate "I'm a homeschool mom that taught my kids to read. It's easy. It's fun! You can do it, too. Have a great time." And I'm sure if you follow Diane Hopkins' step by step approach wrapped with loving teacher-student interaction, that's exactly the result you'll get. After going through the just-the-right-size (25 pages) Teacher's Guidebook and looking through the brightly colored cardstock that makes up the program, I'm happy with the appearance of the product and really, really impressed with the content.

    Starting at the very beginning, Mrs. Hopkins has boiled the entire process down into eight steps. And even if step seven (teach phonics units containing two or more letters) has seventeen parts, she's still managed to make a homeschool mom's most fearful task into something that seems remarkably ordinary and doable.

    The package contains the Happy Phonics Guidebook, "My Big Book" (an almost-to-the-end-of-the-program-reader) and lots of printed, brightly colored paper and cardstock – flashcards, game components, first little readers and spelling lists. The Guidebook contains the Eight Steps along with specific how-to instructions for each step. The essence of the program is to introduce the phonics concepts a few at a time and then play games for retention. The author suggests that lesson time be about 10 minutes a day, but you may want to factor in more time to play the games over and over just because the student wants to.

    The Guidebook is extremely user-friendly and written in first-person, mom-to-mom form. The step-by-step instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. All references to the games and other supplementary material are coded with little symbols found on the colored sheets. Practically foolproof! But just to be sure, there's a chart that lists which games/components are used with each teaching step. There's also a chart clearly laying out those seventeen phonics units that make up step seven. And, of course, the teaching aids are clearly marked for each unit.

    The teaching progression is common sense. Alphabet song; capital letters match lowercase letters; the main sound for each letter; blend letter sounds to form a word; teach common non-phonetic (sight) words; teach vowels that can make a second sound; teach through the phonic units; READ. Although she doesn't consider them absolutely necessary, the author does mention supplementary material that she likes and that her children have enjoyed – Lauri perception puzzles, Leap Frog Phonics Library, and the Explode the Code books. In fact, she changed her original letter presentation order (used with her older children) to conform to the Explode the Code books for her younger children and in this program. She also suggests various supplementary readers.

    The games and other reinforcement activities are obviously a central component of this program. Some preparation is involved, usually just cutting cards apart. I would be inclined to laminate (or cover with clear contact paper) some of the frequently-used cards and game layouts if I thought it likely I'd be using the program with a number of children. The games include some adapted favorites like Phonics Bingo and a number of creative originals like the Y Not? Game. The line art of the game components is not high tech graphics but still communicates the concept and looks inviting. Components of the games are color coded, with the little symbols marked on each game piece, so that you can easily unscramble things if they don't always get put away neatly.

    This program fits into the "complete program" category of phonics instruction, as it includes systematic phonics, reinforcement, and reading practice. The program gets your student reading on his own in an enjoyable way. Please note that it does not cover advanced syllabication, prefixes, and suffixes that tend to be found in second/third grade levels of some phonics programs. But it is an enjoyable program that will build the confidence of a newbie and provide ease of instruction for busy homeschooling mothers. All for a very reasonable price! - Janice

  • Item #: 030643
    Retail: $2.71
    Rainbow Price: $2.50

    Where was this product when I needed it? Back in my day, I was the queen of clear contact paper. Everything from game cards and pieces to paperback books was a candidate for my homemade lamination process if I thought it would allow me to use a product with multiple children. These sheets make it oh so much easier – and the finished product has a more professional feel. The instructions say it's easy and I would have to agree. Peel off the backing, lay your material down onto the plastic sheet, and, if you want, put on another sheet for complete protection. I had more trouble figuring out what to laminate than in completing the process. Now your youngest ones can look forward to having a game in good condition when it's their turn to play. Two 9"x12" sheets. - Janice

  • Item #: 023449
    Retail: $160.76
    Rainbow Price: $89.95

     Enjoy the professional quality of Prismacolor with the wide variety of coloring tools all in one set. This mixed media set includes 48 Premier Soft Core colored pencils that lay down rich and creamy for beautiful creations, 12 Verithin colored pencils with a harder core and sharper point for outlining and detail work, 12 Watercolor colored pencils for wet/dry techniques and fluid watercolor effects, 6 Art Stix colored leads for covering large areas or quick simple sketching, and 1 metal sharpener. Hit the ground running for all your art and coloring projects! ~ Emily

  • Item #: 021779
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

     This simple game is easy to learn and requires basic math skills, some strategy, and maybe just a little luck. Each player is dealt four cards, and a "Tip Top" card is uncovered. Each turn, every player must lay down a new card on the pile begun on the "Tip Top" card, add the number on his or her card to the current total, and announce it to the other players. Depending on the cards, players may also be able to subtract from the total, multiply the total, change the direction of play, or even choose a new "Tip Top" card to play on that round. If players cannot play a card without exceeding the "Tip Top" total number, they must give up one of their four chips and is out of that round. The next round, they are dealt one card less and must play their card after the other players have gone. Play continues until only one player is left - the winner! This game reminds me of Uno combined with math-type card games, but looks fast-paced and fun. - Jess

  • Item #: 021369
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    You have to be quick in this game of observation and dexterity! Each player is dealt five cards, each with a different colorful, whimsical image. Kids race to find a card in their hand that corresponds to a figure on the "meli-melo" cards in the center of the table. The first player to lay it down wins the hand! 2-5 players.
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    Chemistry labs can be scary and overwhelming, especially if you don't have a curriculum that lays them out for you. It can be expensive to buy the equipment and many of the chemicals are restricted and difficult to obtain.

    MicroChem Experiment Lab is a kit that takes away some of the pressure and expense of those high school chemistry labs. This kit includes scaled-down amounts of chemicals (about 1/100th the usual amount) and is enough to do experiments about 5 times. By scaling back on the chemicals and using plastic equipment (where possible) the cost is controlled a bit and there is less of a problem with chemical disposal at the end of the course. Chemicals come in dropping' bottles, so they are ready for use. No mixing and less spilling is a definite benefit to this kit. Experiments may cause for a drop' or drops' of a chemical, so the special bottles are great for dispensation.

    The kit includes a 119-page manual that contains introductory information, how to use it, and safety information. The manual includes experiments and instruction for each goals, materials/equipment needed, background information, and step-by-step procedures. Suggested answers are given for questions in each experiment, and solutions to experiments are included at the back of the manual. If you are already using a curriculum and just need labs, an included chart shows correlation to A Beka Chemistry, 2nd ed.; ACE Chemistry, 1996 ed.; Alpha Omega Publications, grade 11 Chemistry; Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry; Bob Jones Chemistry, 3rd ed.; Glencoe Science, Chemistry: Matter and Change; and Prentice Hall, Chemistry. If you are using a different curriculum and just need the labs, just match the labs up to the concept you are studying for a lab companion. This kit isn't a complete chemistry curriculum, so you should be using a course text for explanations; there is also an assumption that students using this kit have knowledge of Algebra.

    There is a lengthy list of items included in the kit. Call our customer service if interested in the complete list; however, the chemicals included are acetic acid, bromophenol blue indicator, calcium nitrate, copper nitrate, glycerin, hydrochloric acid, lead nitrate, nickel nitrate, phenolphthalein indicator paper, potassium hydroxide, potassium iodide, sodium acetate, sodium hydroxide, sodium oxalate, sodium sulfate, sodium thiosulfate, universal indicator paper, zinc nitrate, magnesium sulfate, potassium hydrogen phthalate, cetyl alcohol, and palmitic acid liquids are in 0.1M dropping bottles.

    As with all kits, there is always a list of items you will need to supply. Most are household items black paper, books, felt-tip pens, water soluble ink, distilled water, food coloring, graph paper, ice, matches, natural indicators, paper towels, clear tape, printed paper, scissors, shallow pan, table salt, stapler, source of heat (microwave, stove, etc.), stopwatch or watch with a second hand, table sugar, vinegar, and white paper. Another item mentioned in the experiments is a voltmeter, which you would need to provide. You can either skip those labs or a voltmeter can be purchased at a minimal cost.

    These are real chemistry labs intended for the college-prep level of learning and can be used to really beef-up your high school chemistry course. ~ Donna

    Supplies included in this kit: instruction manual, 9-volt battery, 15mL, 30mL, 150mL plastic beakers, 50mL glass beaker, Capillary tubes, Chromatography paper, Conductivity apparatus, Cotton swabs, Electrolysis device, Felt-tip pen with black, water-soluble ink, 10mL plastic, graduated cylinder, 1.0mL measuring spoon, Graduated, mini, and thin stem pipettes, Plastic toothpicks, 96-well reaction plate, 24-well reaction plate, Rubber bands, 15 cm ruler, Safety goggles, Fine sandpaper, Spring clamp, 6x50 mm test tubes, 12x75 mm test tubes, Celsius thermometer (-10° to 102°C), Washing bottle, Wire gauze, Wood splints, Lab Manual, Acetic acid, Calcium nitrate, Copper nitrate, Hydrochloric acid, Lead nitrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium iodide, Sodium acetate, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium oxalate, Sodium sulfate, Sodium thiosulfate, Zinc nitrate, Magnesium sulfate, Potassium hydrogen phthalate, Cetyl alcohol, Palmitic acid, Bromophenol blue indicator, Glycerin, Phenolphthalein indicator paper, Universal indicator paper, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Zinc. – all solutions are in 0.1M bottles.

    1CHOKING HAZARD (1, 4). Not <3yrs.