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  • Item #: 055263
    ISBN: 9781627020091
    Retail: $100.00
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  • Item #: 034081
    ISBN: 9781476764665
    Retail: $16.99
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    Surviving the teen years can be tough, but this "how-to" book contains seven great habits that will not only help your teen survive, but thrive! The author, Sean Covey, is the son of the infamous Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the bestselling 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book is similar in content, yet is tailored for teens and focuses on issues that they deal with. As a side note, many of the examples and illustrations focus in on issues that often arise within the public school system; however, most of the principles and advice given will still be greatly beneficial to homeschooled students, as well. Maybe your teen isn't an avid reader, but watch them devour this book as Sean Covey's animated writing style not only entertains them, but gets them thinking about their life and helps them start making some good decisions. The seven habits that are covered begins with "private victories" as your teen learns how to be proactive, begin with the end in mind, and how to put first things first, which all focus on what Covey likes to call "self-mastery." Next, your teen will begin to work on "public victories" that will help them work on relationships and teamwork by thinking win-win, seeking first to understand and then to be understood, and how to synergize their life. The last habit your teen will learn is how to sharpen the saw, which will help your child in the area of personal renewal. (Be sure not to neglect this habit, as it feeds into the other six!) All in all, this book is inspirational and motivating in every aspect. As each habit is covered, your teen will be challenged to set goals and to put a plan in place to achieve them. Covey also provides your child with "baby steps" at the end of each chapter that will help get them on track to mastering each habit. If you are looking for a way to get your teen on track, then give them this book. Within this 270 page, paperback book they will learn the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals, and taking responsibility and initiative, all of which are characteristics of highly effective leaders – and these are characteristics that we want our future leaders (a.k.a. your teenager) to possess! Please note that although this book talks about some general "good" habits, it is not written from a Christian perspective. – elise

  • Item #: 012488
    ISBN: 9780825142581
    Retail: $24.00
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  • Item #: 068085
    ISBN: 9780761171737
    Retail: $19.95
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      Subtitled 201 Life Skills they used to teach in Home Ec. and Shop, this book may quickly become your favorite “go to” resource for practically everything! The simple graphics and clearly explained text cover everything from boiling water (true story: my mom did not know this when she married) to refinishing hard wood floors, the life skills taught here cover nearly all you need to know to “adult” well. Simple graphics and clearly explained text.

      The book’s first part concentrates on Home Ec. skills and is divided into five sections: Cooking, Sewing, Laundry and Clothing, Domestic Arts, and Life Skills. You’ll find clear instructions on preparing a variety of foods, canning, repurposing leftovers. You’ll tackle a variety of sewing-related tasks including fixing broken zippers; separating, washing and ironing clothes. Clean a home, including removing gum and common stains from carpet, as well as important life skills like tying a tie and building a household budget.

      The second section tackles a range of traditionally taught shop skills: Domestic Repair, Woodworking and Metalworking, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical. Skills taught include hanging a picture, plastering a wall, replacing a damaged section of carpet, and various building projects, troubleshooting plumbing issues, installing light fixtures, changing flat tires and oil, sharpening a lawn more blade and much more.

      This book practically presents a wide range of necessary skills for both our sons and daughters to learn for success as they learn how to ‘adult.’ Includes helpful index and metric/US conversion tables. 404 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

     

  • Item #: 058524
    ISBN: 9781940129648
    Retail: $19.95
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    I have to admit I didn't expect this book to start in the kitchen. It "goes" all the places you might expect handyman repairs, fishing, hunting, even building a log cabin. But it does start in the kitchen. Still, it's definitely a boy's perspective on that room. Written by two homeschool moms, inspired by their active boys and handyman fathers, this is a great "how-to" for teaching all the practical aspects of a young man's education. Geared toward boys ages 9-15, I can also imagine girls enjoying both the practical kitchen basics with mom and time with dad learning some things from "his world." Regardless of how and with whom you choose to use it, you'll find this manual a handy reference. Instruction is straight-forward with just a hint of humor (you like to eat learn to cook) and peppered with helpful black & white illustrations. In the kitchen, there are practical rules like "don't put an empty pot on a hot burner it will ruin the pot!" as well as simple how-tos like washing the dishes and reading a recipe, with a nice selection of simple, healthy recipes. Other sections are more of what the title suggests manners, first aid and safety, around-the-house handyman, working with wood, gardening, outdoor adventures, and learning to manage money. There are lots of projects building a birdhouse, toolbox, log cabin, split-rail fence as well as skill-building gun safety, preparing a budget/bookkeeping, and knot-tying. We want our sons to learn these basic life skills, and it helps tremendously to have a "road map" like this one to lead us. 181 pgs, spiral-binding. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 042603
    ISBN: 9781933241425
    Retail: $7.95
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    Intended for children who can add numbers up to 100 and who are familiar with the concept of money. Provides a great introduction to coins and their value up to 100 cents. Students count the cents for each problem (5-12 problems per page) and write the totals in blanks provided.

  • Item #: 012489
    ISBN: 9780825142833
    Retail: $17.00
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  • Item #: 049624
    ISBN: 9781880892671
    Retail: $10.00
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    Now this is practical math! Designed as a supplement to be taken along with you to the store, this 38 page book contains a variety of grocery store activities including size and price comparisons, determining the cost of a recipe, finding fat grams, figuring sales tax, and much more. Activities are to be completed at the store and many activities also contain additional questions that analyze the information gathered. The activities increase in difficulty as the student works through the book. Activity sheets are black and white. This inexpensive practical math book is an engaging way to make math "real" to your children. You will need a workbook for each student as the pages are not reproducible. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 040250
    ISBN: 9780800722296
    Retail: $14.99
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    This manual delves into the wide variety of real-life skills young men will need as they move to life on their own in today's world. Guidance is given on personal care, social skills, food preparation, work and money management, sports how-to's, and vehicle and tool usage. Author Jonathan Catherman is an educational consultant and youth trainer specializing in character and leadership development, but he really focuses on practical skills in this book. His goal here is to help young men gain respect and avoid embarrassment.

    This self-help guide is divided into 10 chapters. Each starts with a two-page overview featuring tips from an expert in their field, then drills down to specific steps. Each step is only 2 or 3 sentences. Everything is to-the-point and clear. For instance, the Clothes & Style chapter starts with thoughts from Nate Retzlaff, an apparel design consultant who has worked with Nike, Adidas, Dakine, Reebok, X-Games, and ESPN, among others. Sections include how-to's like: Wash Laundry, Dry Laundry, Iron a Shirt, Iron Slacks, Shine Shoes, Tie a Tie, Sew on a Button, Treat a Stain, Fold a Shirt, Fold No-Pleat Pants, and Hang Slacks. The section on ironing a shirt breaks the process down into 9 clear steps.

    To make sure that he gets the reader's attention, the author starts out the book with a chapter on Women and Dating. Successive chapters include Social Skills and Manners, Work & Ethics, Wealth and Money Management, Grooming & Personal Hygiene, Clothes & Style, Sports & Recreation, Cars & Driving, Food & Cooking, and Tools and Fix-It. Every one of these chapters contains plenty of useful ideas that can be put into practice daily. Besides the easy-to-follow steps, each section ends with some expert advice.

    The author has obviously had plenty of experience working with young men, and distills his years of experience into this easy-to-follow guide. Let his experience be your guide.

  • Item #: 036894
    ISBN: 9781594760679
    Retail: $95.95
    Rainbow Price: $87.50

      Going on a trip? Keep the memories alive and kids entertained with their very own travel journal. The journal includes writing and drawing prompts as you plan the trip (check a packing list, create an itinerary), space to record events during each day of the trip, and games to play to pass time in transit. For an even more personal touch, photos or souvenirs can be safely attached to the acid-free paper. Quotes about travelling and tourism are scattered throughout, while world maps and measurement conversion charts are found in the back. An elastic band holds your place or keeps the journal’s cover securely closed in your suitcase. 96 pgs, hc.

  • Item #: 032406
    ISBN: 9781554515608
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    "Rock-bottom prices!" "Reach for an ice cold one!" "Only $12.99 a month!" Although some form of advertising surrounds us from the time we get up until the time we go to bed at night, we rarely think much about it, except perhaps when a commercial really catches our attention. However, as more and more advertising strains to reach the child consumer, who will supposedly sway Mom and Dad to buy them that new cereal or the hot new electronic gadget, it becomes important - and interesting - to delve into the study of advertising. This fascinating and energetic book introduces readers to the world of advertising, including its history, seeing yourself as the "target," advertising strategies, common ploys of advertising, hidden messages in ads, recognizing advertising in disguise, becoming familiar with favorite advertising language, discovering some of the most outrageous advertising schemes, learning about the consumer's role and what they can do about advertising. The text is upbeat and clearly written, with plenty of anecdotes and real advertising stories from real companies sprinkled throughout. Readers will nod as they recognize some common advertising themes in the commercials they see every day, and will be shocked at the lengths to which some companies go to get their product "out there!" Illustrations are plentiful, and this is a fun read, with information packed in that most young people (or older ones) may not be familiar with. Lighthearted, but informative enough that I guarantee you'll never look at Toucan Sam® the same way again! 114 pgs. - Jess

  • Item #: 028899
    Retail: $14.99
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    What a nifty wooden calendar! Not only do you learn about the months of the year, days of the month and days of the week, you also learn about the changing seasons, track the type of weather conditions outside, the time of day (morning, afternoon, evening), and even learn to tell time on a clock. The graphics are colorful and have a whimsical charm. The numbers, days of the week, and months are clear and easy to read. Each activity has an adjustable wooden slider or dial to turn to the appropriate date, day, month, time, season, or weather condition. This is a fun, interactive way to introduce children to new concepts and life skills. Calendar board measures 12”x 12”. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 026403
    ISBN: 9781771673594
    Retail: $29.95
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  • Item #: 022288
    ISBN: 9781773448114
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Create a monthly budget and identify ways to save money on purchases; understand how credit works and become familiar with the pitfalls before applying for a credit card; get to know how to open a savings account, and how to plan for the future; understand contracts and commitments of co-signing a loan.

  • Item #: 022281
    ISBN: 9781773448121
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Learn benefits of volunteering along with vital skills for the work force: tips on filling out a job application and writing a resume; questions to expect at a job interview and how to prepare; skills to thrive on the job including communication skills to use with peers and supervisors; and employee rights.

  • Item #: 014350
    ISBN: 9780983252603
    Retail: $18.95
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  • Item #: 004267
    Retail: $59.95
    Rainbow Price: $43.95

    This hefty high school curriculum, newly revised in 2016, was designed to train girls to become godly women, based on Proverbs 31:10-31. The goal of the curriculum is to help Christian girls develop their skills and abilities for optimal service to the Lord within the family setting: a preparation for all the duties of an adult life. The guide's beginning elaborates on the program's philosophies and then discusses four learning styles as well as the Six R's of education (adds Research, Responsibility and Righteousness to the traditional three). The author assumes that students have a good basic mastery of Math and English grammar, as well as a good reading ability. In addition, these courses are written for mature young people., there are reproducible forms for planning and record keeping. (It is highly recommended that your daughter plan or at least help to plan her own lessons.) The forms included are a Goal Planning Checklist, High-School report Card, Lesson Planning Sheet, and a High School Cumulative Record Card. (This sheet will become the high school transcript for any student wishing to proceed on to college.) The curriculum guide is broken up into 20 different units (10 in Volume 1 and 10 in Volume 2). Each unit focuses on a different verse or verse group from Proverbs 31. Then, this unit is broken down into thematic mini units. Subjects covered are Bible and Christian Character, Cultural Studies, Reading and Literature, Composition, Math and Personal Finance, Science, Health and Physical Fitness, Practical Arts, and Decorative and Performing Arts. In each subject area within a unit, this curriculum guide gives a list of lessons for girls to choose from and complete. Since activities are provided for the four learning styles, there are more activities in the guide than can be completed in 4 years. The materials are written directly to the students, as they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. Each lesson assigns suggested point value (largely based on Carnegie units), so when an activity is completed you can easily total the points and convert them into High School credits. The guide also provides detailed instructions about how best to use the program, lists essential materials for the course, and recommends supplementary courses. Essential materials for the course are a Bible, concordance, dictionary, encyclopedia, hymnbooks, an English grammar book, and a writing style book). The list of strongly suggested materials is more extensive. Far Above Rubies was created to stand on its own, although the lessons call for reading and using a number of other books, such as Writer's Inc., the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, Understanding the Times, and more. At the end of each volume, there is an updated, detailed list of recommended resources (and corresponding Web locations for more information), many of which we also offer in our catalog. Also included for each volume are some cross-reference guides to help you locate specific lessons based on chronology or theme and a "25 Ways to Have Fun with Book Reports" chart. Please note that although the guide self-proclaims that it is not necessarily against college and career goals for young ladies, they admit that this is not the primary aim of this guide. Consequently, if your daughter plans on attending college or becoming a career woman, you will need to supplement her curriculum with some college-preparatory math and science (specific suggestions are offered). However, this curriculum does still provide the college-bound with a well-rounded base, and it also offers a number of business and vocational skills. Help prepare your daughters using the model provided in Proverbs 31. Includes Beautiful Girlhood Audiobook and 7 bonus e-books: Friendship, Friendship Notebook pages, Girls in Bookland, Nest in the Honeysuckles, The Merchant Maiden, The Basket of Flowers, and The Value of a Praying Mom. The curriculum is only available in PDF format on CD-ROM. Requires Adobe Reader, a free download. Revised edition, 2016. Win/Mac ~ Rachel/Ruth.

  • 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 #: 067901
    ISBN: 9780794538033
    Retail: $24.99
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    A charming introduction to basic sewing principles. The kit includes materials and instructions to make 7 colorful, felt stuffed animals: a giraffe, bear, owl, fox, turtle, whale and a parrot. Felt pieces are die-cut. This lets the beginner focus on learning to use a needle and thread to attach pieces together. Kit includes a lovely book with clear illustrated project directions (32 pgs, pb), brightly colored felt for the critters (fronts, backs, additions), polyfill stuffing, 2 needles, 40 red ball-head pins in a case, 5 buttons, black/blue/red thread, and a handy little needle threader/cutter. Comes in a nice box (7.5"x 9.25" x1.75") that makes for a lovely contained gift for a boy or girl. To give you an idea, the owl is about 2.5"x 3.5", the whale about 4.5"x 2.5", and the giraffe about 3.5" x5.5". Ages 7+. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 066128
    Retail: $12.95
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  • Item #: 065724
    ISBN: 9781633321175
    Retail: $0.00
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  • Item #: 065705
    ISBN: 9781557094414
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

     If you are a boy scout that wants to learn more about the history of scouting, or simply someone who desires to learn how to be better prepared for outdoor life and survival, this publication would be a good choice. This volume is a facsimile reprint of the very first Boy Scout Handbook, which was originally published in 1911. Subjects covered include identifying animals and plant life, camping skills, hiking techniques, health and chivalry, principles of patriotism, outdoor games, practical citizenship, as well as first aid and life saving skills. 370 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 065573
    ISBN: 9781631980305
    Retail: $14.99
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       Are you a goal setter? Goals are important to where you’re going in life, and this book could be a big help to you. The tips are written for teens about the issues they face. Teens will find out why goals are important, how to move toward their future, strategies for making and setting goals, how to overcome obstacles, the importance of mentors, and more. There are reproducible forms found in the book to help teens see their ideas in print. This 150-page book is written from a secular perspective and could be used in a high school classroom or at home as a planning tool. ~ Donna

  • 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 #: 062544
    ISBN: 9781594760655
    Retail: $6.45
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  • Item #: 062543
    ISBN: 9781594760648
    Retail: $6.45
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  • Item #: 062542
    ISBN: 9781594760631
    Retail: $6.45
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  • Item #: 062541
    ISBN: 9781594760624
    Retail: $6.45
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  • Item #: 062540
    ISBN: 9781594760617
    Retail: $6.45
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  • Item #: 061897
    ISBN: 9780975528051
    Retail: $29.00
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    Can you come up with a list of 100 things you are good at? This book on CD (PDF files) directs you from coming up with an idea to creating a website for your business. According to the authors, Alexis Mason and Rusty Lee, you need 3 things to create a successful business: online access, self-discipline and imagination & creativity. I liked how this CD starts at the very beginning, with researching to see if your idea has a market, then takes you step by step to build your business. Chapters include discovering your passion; organization; idealization; tools; getting the word out; marketing overview; presenting your business; marketing tools; diving deeper and moving forward. This information has a single user license. The 140 pp include useful links at the end. So find your entrepreneurial style and get started on your list! If you have a student who can make something to sell or has a marketable talent, this guide will make a lovely investment in their future! ~ Sara