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  • Item #: 053572
    ISBN: 9780984362998
    Retail: $37.95
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    From America's Math Teacher, Richard W. Fisher, comes a very straightforward and logical approach to mastering algebraic concepts. From the beginning of the book to the end, each lesson builds on previous knowledge in a very 'no-nonsense' fashion. The book is divided into chapters – tools for algebra, solving equations, graphing and analyzing linear equations, solving and graphing inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, radical expressions and geometry, quadratic equations, and algebra word problems. Every chapter is divided into lessons, and every lesson is one to two pages in length and follows the same format – introduction and explanation, helpful hints, examples, written exercises, review. There is even a final exam to assess the student's understanding. A reference section at the back of the book includes lists of formulas, symbols, multiplication table, prime numbers, squares and roots, fraction/decimal equivalents, and an answer key (not solutions).

    The author offers 6 steps to using this book so it will be the most effective. 1) Read the introduction that contains essential information on the topic and includes important terms and definitions and explanations. 2) Read the 'helpful hints' section that offers tips and shortcuts. 3) Go through the examples by writing them out on your own paper, which will aid in better understanding. 4) Work the exercises, and refer back to the 'helpful hints' as needed. 5) Complete the review section. 6) Correct your work. Seems pretty easy!

    The bonus for this book is the free online video lessons. Mr. Fisher, America's Math Teacher, will narrate students through the concept of each lesson as writing appears on a white board. He works through some examples (different from those found in the book) using visual prompts and making suggestions for ways to remember. He suggests that the student watch the video lesson before going to the book lesson. These short concise self-contained lessons can change the world of algebra for your student. 280 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 047186
    ISBN: 9780984583249
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    Another uncluttered, fresh-looking math course from author Christy Walters. Again, I love that the book is addressed to the student, has plenty of workspace for problem-solving, and uses a no-nonsense approach. There is nothing "cute" here; just a direct, front-on approach to learning math. If you are not familiar with the Algebra courses, PLEASE READ description of Algebra: A Fresh Approach, as all of the same applies here. If you have used the Algebra I course above, you will equally enjoy Geometry.

    In the Geometry book, I like that she begins with a mini logic course (much like Jacobs). Instead of waiting until introducing geometric theorems to have the student begin doing proofs, she immediately introduces them in the context of what the student already knows (using algebraic principles). In this way, proofs are not a "new" thing used to prove just geometry theorems, but are familiar to the student as an extension and organization of logical thought. Although non-Euclidean geometry is an interesting topic in the Jacobs book, your math-reluctant student will appreciate not having to deal with such abstract concepts here. For a more complete idea of the scope and sequence of this course (and other geometry courses, for comparison), please visit our website to view the table of contents.

    The thirteen chapters are broken into parts (lessons) with direct instruction followed by problems. Again, I like the self-discovery incorporated into the exercises as well as the short-answer questions, which require the student to put principles into words. The last part of each chapter is a mixed review including material from previous sections and chapters of the book. While the book is thick (730 pages before the answers to odd-problems section), the larger typeset font is easy on the eye and the less bulky text per page helps the instruction seem less intimidating and overwhelming. Since this book is intended for use between Algebra I and Algebra II, there is an Appendix devoted to a review of algebraic concepts. This is a great mini-refresher course and I am glad to see it all in one place at the end of the book rather than parceled out in the middle of the geometry course. I found the latter approach to be unnecessarily distracting in the Jacobs book.

    Another notable feature of this series is the ability to work directly in the book or to photocopy the student problem pages rather than recopying the problems and working on a separate sheet of paper. In the geometry course, this goes a step further in the inclusion of blank coordinate graphs on problems that require them.

    I really like this math series and would recommend it to any student, but particularly for children who seem confused by other math courses and for children who are working grade-levels ahead. It is a good text for the easily-distracted and math-phobic student as well – who needs to see things organized clearly and appreciates the less-cluttered feel of the text. If your child has had difficulty using other math programs, don't throw in the towel until you've tried "A Fresh Approach".

  • Item #: 063932
    ISBN: 9781937032555
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       Learn logic in a day!  That is, a day in the life of Fred.  Here is a complete coverage of logic in a mere 176 pages.  No ancillaries required.  That’s right.  No separate teacher book, no test pack, no workbook needed.  It’s all right here – the whole “Kittens” caboodle.  Fred, now six (and still a professor at Kittens U), is preparing to give a logic lecture.  Ironically, and somewhat conveniently, Duck (first introduced in Life of Fred: Apples) pays Fred a visit and provides ample fodder for some of the first topics covered in the book.  Duck, who always speaks in sentences that are false, helps to illustrate both logic sentence structure and the concept of every sentence being True or False.  As always, Dr. Schmidt manages to both entertain and train.  Along with the levity and random bits of eclectic knowledge provided in chapter 1, Dr. Schmidt gets right down to introducing us to both pure and applied logic and the language of logic (the use of symbols, modeling, and structures) – all in the first few pages of the book.   From there, the course progresses through the topics of truth tables, connectives, the language of logic, inductive vs. deductive reasoning, logic fallacies (covered all in ONE conversation), and predicate logic.  These first six chapters provide a complete high school logic course.  Once logic as a second language is mastered, working through the remaining ten chapters is the equivalent of completing a college-level logic course.   This part of the course is more heavily theoretical.  It uses the structures and models learned in the first part of the course, progressing to proofs, introducing more complex structures and lemmas, and giving much thought to Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem.   No prerequisites are required to begin this course, though I think it would help if your student had completed Algebra and Geometry before tackling it.  While the math skills themselves are not needed, the ability to reason well and think logically (and somewhat mathematically) is.  There are no exercises to complete, though there are 99 “puzzles” to solve.  In addition to a very alert and thoughtful mind, familiarity with and understanding of symbolic language, proofs, combinations, set theory, and other topics typically covered in higher-level math would aid solutions.  As far as teaching time, there is none.  The course is totally self-instructional.  Instruction is directed to the student/reader and all answers are included in the back of the book.  Dr. Schmidt goes to great lengths as the book’s narrator to make sure the student does not take the easy road and check the answers before first exercising his/her brain.  He also already anticipates questions and objections the student might have, with many “reader” interjections, shown in distinctive font, at these points.   One quibble I have with the book (and a caution to parents) is Dr. Schmidt’s unnecessary incorporation of drugs (cocaine) and drinking used in one of the early examples in the book.   I can guess the reason for this, but I wish he had considered another option….  This course will appeal most to those who enjoy math, enjoy Fred, and enjoy a good story along with their study.

  • Item #: 000437
    ISBN: 9781118022436
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    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 #: 019801
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    We're tired of drawing those x,y axis lines on graph paper! Now, it'll be easy with our newfound rubber stamp. Children can stamp right on their work paper - no need for a separate sheet of graph paper. Stamp features a 144-block grid with central x/y axis, has a large, easy-grip handle and measures 3" x 3". The size makes it a bit large for a traditionally-sized stamp pad. It will work well with a jumbo stamp pad, such as the large black ink pad below.

  • Item #: 050547
    ISBN: 9781937032043
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    According to Professor Schmidt, this book is "mandatory for those who need it" and he claims, "If your cat can work through all the problems in this book, your cat can teach Beginning Algebra at any school in the nation". While those two claims seem true, I have serious doubts about the title. Although I haven't counted them, I suspect the good professor is exaggerating a bit. The book does offer additional problems for each section of each chapter of Beginning Algebra, along with complete (step by step) solutions to them. While clear from the introduction that Prof. Schmidt considers these unnecessary, I say, "Hurray!" No more rooting around in other books for some specific extra problems that your child needs extra practice with. I especially appreciate the inclusion of word problems as I remember this being a concept that Janine needed a little more experience with.

  • Item #: 060818
    ISBN: 9781601448866
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    The word 'Algebra' can strike fear into the hearts of many, but Critical Thinking Press has done their part to calm your math nerves and prepare students for higher level math in Understanding Algebra. The newest member of the Mathematical Reasoning line is a full one year algebra course for students at the junior high and high school level in a consumable format.

    The information in this worktext is a user-friendly format and presented in a step-by-step fashion. The text makes a connection between the arithmetic of the elementary years to the algebra they need to succeed in high school math. Twelve chapters begin with the basics and build upon each other Our number system, Evaluating Expressions and Solving Equations, From Words to Algebra/Translating and Solving Word Problems, From Words to Algebra/More Word Problems, Inequalities, Polynomials, Factoring, Working with Radicals, Linear Functions, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Other Types of Functions, and Working with Algebraic Fractions.

    The author begins the book with a simple explanation of "What is Algebra," and then jumps right in. Each chapter is 20 to 30 pages in length and broken into topics. Each topic or lesson offers the student explanations and examples in a very visual fashion. Colored charts, illustrations, and graphs are incorporated for clarity of explanations. Within the lessons, students will be asked questions to assure they know the concept being presented and a 'more practice' section rounds out the lesson. Sets of 'Enrichment Problems' are scattered throughout the chapters to offer additional practice in higher-order thinking using plenty of word problems. There are no chapter tests in this book, so you would need to assess your student's understanding of the concepts by other means grades from the practice sets and exercises might be your best tool for assessment.

    New for the 2017 edition are chapter reviews covering and a final exam.

    A glossary that includes algebra vocabulary and an answer key are found at the back of the book. These are answers and not solutions. A helpful reference page is included. Students will learn about the history of math as they learn math strategies to help them with algebra and beyond. 378 pgs. pb. Reproducible for home and single classroom use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 059812
    ISBN: 9780985472528
    Retail: $24.95
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    I love the line on the front cover: “Math is often taught as all scales and no music. This book contains the music!” Our math study is indeed lacking if we don’t see how it can be used to do wonderful things. The book’s first premise is that we learn through being challenged. Students, secondly, should be presented with these challenges in ways that intriguingly connect math and the real world. Each chapter introduces concepts and discusses the real world situation using a charming animal companion and an Einstein-like character drawn in black and white cartoons. The formula and key processes they discuss are highlighted on a drawn chalkboard. The 21 chapters each pull from a wide variety of topics: astronomy, problem solving, algebra, probability, ratios, perimeter and circumference, area, volume, analogies, speed, bases and more. First in each chapter come problem sets. You can easily select the difficulty of problems to specifically challenge your student. All material covers four different levels of difficulty: easy, somewhat challenging, challenging and very challenging. Each problem set has “warm up” exercises with one problem for each of the four different levels. After a few pages of problem sets come extended sets of questions at each level--a good handful (5 or so) of questions per level. Answers are provided in full and comprise 125 pages of the book. Pages are reproducible for classroom use. 398 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 001176
    ISBN: 9781937032197
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    Have you been longing for a high school science course written like the Life of Fred math curriculum? Story format? Tongue in cheek humor? Cute little sidebar comments and rabbit trails that keep you reading? Dr. Stanley Schmidt has done it – Life of Fred Chemistry! Get your high school credit for chemistry in a very non-traditional way. The goal of Dr. Schmidt’s chemistry course is to teach you the “really basic stuff – such as the chemical symbol for carbon is C and that organic compounds are those that contain carbon” because to be a “well-educated adult, you probably don’t need to learn what a racemic mixture means.”

    The story begins at the chem lab down the hall from Fred’s math class when Joe didn’t follow proper lab safety and gets hurt (I don’t want to give away too much of the story). Through this scenario, students will learn about lab safety and the story proceeds from there as students learn about the size of gold atoms; weighing an atom; mass vs. weight; standard temperature; mole; scientific method and much more as the story unfolds.

    There are 36 short chapters and each concludes with Your Turn to Play. This is a set of questions (including math problems) to make sure you understand each chapter’s concepts. Complete solutions are found on the reverse side of the Your Turn to Play page. Note: there are no tests or labs to accompany this course. If you really want to do this course but need it to be a lab science, you could add the MicroChem Experiment Lab Kit (#020028). This self-contained lab kit comes with the chemicals needed and complete instructions (since no labs come in the Life of Fred Chemistry text). If you feel confident in your lab abilities, you could add the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments (#027801) or 150 Captivating Chemistry Experiments Using Household Substances (#005436). Either of these books would allow you to add labs using familiar substances rather than hard-to-access chemicals. Dr. Schmidt recommends the use of a scientific calculator with the keys sin, cos, log, and ln. These are inexpensive calculators and we have one in the Rainbow Resource inventory that meets his ‘key’ recommendation, #041918.

    Algebra is always a prerequisite to doing chemistry; this course is no exception. The math begins on page 1 of the text with simplifying algebra equations. The math isn’t heavy, but you need to know your algebraic functions. Dr. Schmidt says that you need enough beginning algebra to understand basic algebra concepts.

    Dr. Schmidt believes that if chemistry is taught right, it can be a lot of fun! Do this as your stand-alone chemistry (with lab supplementation if desired) or read it alongside your chemistry curriculum to add that humorous element and have fun! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 020028
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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.

  • Item #: 018292
    ISBN: 9780965730013
    Retail: $24.95
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    A non-technical book that explains math from counting to calculus. Topics build on one another, providing the reader with a complete overview of mathematics. This book is divided into three sections - elementary (numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, negative numbers, exponents, pre-algebra), intermediate (solving one algebraic equation, solving a system of equations, word problems, functions, graphing, geometry, measurement of geometric figures, trigonometry), and advanced (logarithms, complex numbers, finding geometry, using algebra, introducing calculus, the derivative, the integral). This is not a text, but a discussion that includes numerous worked examples. For parents, students, or anyone who wants to understand math. Also useful as a comprehensive math reference.

    It does no good to have a text without practice of the concepts. Students read the content found in the main text "Understanding Mathematics," then complete the corresponding section in the solutions (companion) guide. The first half of the guide offers hints, examples, explanations, exercises, and problems for practice. Each chapter's content builds on the previous chapter, and initial problems incorporate the new concept presented in the main text and more challenging problems with multiple concepts by the end of the chapter. The second half of the book gives the solutions for all of the problems in the book. A 20-question chapter summary concludes each chapter. The text along with the solutions guide provide extra practice in specific skill areas, allow students to work ahead of their curriculum for an added challenge, or can be used for a comprehensive review before taking a standardized test. Sc.~ Anh / Donna

  • Item #: 018033
    ISBN: 9781937032234
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    For the dedicated math student who wants to push the envelope, here you go. Join Fred at Kittens University for the summer session – at least for the first five days – in which he lectures (from 4am-8am) on, respectively, Set Theory, Modern Algebra, Abstract Arithmetic, and Topology. Prerequisites for this course include more than a passing knowledge of algebra as well as a course in Geometry that taught and required proofs. Prior algebra instruction should have included:

    • • Union of sets
    • • Math induction
    • • Associative property
    • • One-to-one functions
    • • Inverse functions
    • • Multiplying matrices

    As you can see, this includes most high school seniors. However, final prerequisites I would add are an appreciation for math, an ability to think outside the book, ability for creative thought, and a willingness to take a peek at "real" math. I got this opportunity when I took some upper-level university math courses. There is truly a "magic" and beauty to math (which Prof. Schmidt alludes to in the introduction to this book) that most people never get to experience. If your student would like to experience the same, I heartily recommend this summer session with Fred.

    Unlike other LOF books, there is no real storyline outside of Fred's lectures. There are fun puzzles (which look suspiciously like proofs, for the most part) to solve - 139 of them that require thought, creativity, and, for some, dedication. Some are easily solved, others are going to take some time. Solutions to all exercises are in the back of the book. If your student loves math or just wants to get a glimpse of higher level math, this course is a great introduction to math beyond calculus.

  • Item #: 010215
    ISBN: 9781580628556
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    Though not modest, the title may be true. This handy little reference guide offers no-nonsense tips, rules, and explanations to aid you in a wide variety of grammar needs and writing instances. Chapter 1 focuses on "Finding the Right Words," providing spelling rules and differentiating between commonly misused words, such as effect and affect. The next few chapters focus on parts of speech, with complete descriptions of nouns, adverbs, prepositions, interjections, and all other types of words; basic sentence structure, including subjects and predicates, clauses, and subject-verb agreement; verb help such as verb tense, irregular verbs and moods; and all of the tricky pronoun problems. Chapter 6 provides a helpful guide to punctuation so that you can accurately use semicolons in your writing. (And all others, of course, but I find that many people are quite uncomfortable with this mark in particular.) The last four chapters are concerned with writing, and they cover a wide variety of topics to help you write better sentences, avoid common errors, learn the process of writing and revising, and understand the different types of writing and their purposes. Appendices in the back offer 1001 frequently misspelled words, suggestions for wordy phrases, and links to helpful grammar and writing web sites. You'll definitely want to keep this one on your desk or next to your computer. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 007374
    ISBN: 9780977691609
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    Subtitled "A Spiral Study of Latin and Greek Roots." I love it when you know exactly what you're looking at, just by the title. This very straight-forward, no-frills root-based vocabulary study is exactly that, a guide to help students learn 108 roots, their spellings, and their definitions. The program is designed around a 36-week schedule, with three roots studied each week. Of course, it could be easily adapted to work at whichever pace you prefer. Each "vocabulary day," the student will choose a root to study from the "main list" in the book. This list contains each root to be studied, several words using that root, a definition of the root, a definition of one of the example words, and the language the root is taken from. The student will create their own "root card" on an index card. To do this, they'll record the root, its definition, and its source language on an index card. Then they'll have to define the example words given for that root, paying particular attention to all roots used in the words, and using the root glossary as needed. If any unfamiliar words are encountered, they'll begin new root cards for those roots, and set them aside to complete when they get to that root in their study. By the time they are finished with the program, they should have 108 complete cards. Because the student is doing much of the work himself, and starting cards each time an unfamiliar root is encountered, they will have seen many of the roots multiple times by the time the program is over. Though slim, this book contains plenty of information to get you started, optional games to make learning the roots a little more fun, and some good advice about learning roots, root glossaries, and an English-to-root-word glossary, divided by part of speech. The author also recommends using a good college dictionary to help you with your word research. This no-nonsense program expects students to do plenty of work in learning the roots, and contains no "workbook-y" root activities. However, the author has taken pains to include only words that directly relate to the root words, so the connection should always be clear to the student. Unlike other root-based vocabulary programs like English from the Roots Up, this one is more labor-intensive, but if your student is more hands-on, and enjoys creating their own study aids, this program might be a good fit for you. - Jess

  • Item #: 000846
    ISBN: 9780880620741
    Retail: $12.00
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    A set of three well-written, helpful books by Dr. Beechick. A Home Start in Reading is chock-full of no-nonsense advice for teaching your child to read. Dr. Beechick includes a phonics system, chart, advice on dealing with those “messy” phonics problems and sight words, what to do “after” phonics, and suggestions for teaching spelling. A wealth of hints and helps packed in 32 pages. In A Strong Start in Language, Dr. Beechick explains an easy-to-use, natural method for teaching a child to write. Sample lessons are provided as a starting point. Discover Dr. Beechick’s “powerful, real-life, home method” for teaching your child to go beyond mere memorization to thinking mathematically in An Easy Start in Arithmetic. Includes teaching ideas, games and activities.

  • Item #: 257857
    ISBN: 9781591668640
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    When Elizabeth Ann is orphaned as an infant, Aunt Frances swoops in to save her from all harm - and most especially from the dreaded Putneys, their rough New England cousins. For the first nine years of her life, Aunt Frances coddles, shelters, and coos over Elizabeth Ann until she is one pale, thin, nervous little girl. Unfortunate circumstances force Elizabeth Ann to be sent away, and with no other choice, where can she go except to the one place Frances has wanted so desperately to keep her away from? Once she recovers from the initial shock of her new country lifestyle, Elizabeth Ann (or Betsy as she is called by her no-nonsense northeastern relatives,) comes to enjoy her exciting new life. Then one day, an unexpected letter comes from Aunt Frances stating that she will be coming to take Elizabeth home. Now Betsy must make a difficult decision: return with Aunt Frances to avoid hurting the only mother she's ever known, or remain with her dear Putneys on their beloved farm? (This is an abridged version of Understood Betsy with 140 pages. See index for original.) ~ Rachel P.

  • Item #: 071144
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    The upper level Universal Sets (Geometry through Calculus) no longer include manipulatives, but do provide everything necessary for their courses including: Instruction Manual with complete solutions, Instruction DVD, Student Workbook, Test book, and 12 months of access to the respective Digital package.

     

  • Item #: 069786
    ISBN: 9781503341111
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      This non-illustrated and unabridged biography by the famous 19th century historian and author Jacob Abbott, provides readers with a solid understanding of the life and times of the Russian Tsar known as Peter the Great. This one man’s powerful legacy on the culture and identity of the Russia nation, both for good and ill, is clearly depicted within the pages of this no-nonsense biography. Not suitable for students below the seventh grade, or for readers of any age who struggle to read small print. 110 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 067553
    ISBN: 9780768936612
    Retail: $14.95
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    Egghead’s Guide to Vocabulary (7-AD)

      In this one-book approach to vocabulary, there are 3 tiers of difficulty (100, 200 & 300 level words.) The first tier words are fairly common, but still very useful. For each word, you have a definition in language that students can understand and an example of it being used in 1-2 sentences. The sentences have some sort of story/situation to make the word more memorable. The Egghead character is there to point some helpful things (and sometimes just add levity) like the phonetic spelling of the word using the IPA or International Phonetic Alphabet. However, with more difficult words, there are not as many phonetic pronunciations. I recommend you check into the proper pronunciations with unfamiliar words. After a dozen or so words is an exercise – matching, grouping, fill in the blank, reading comprehension w/multiple choice, etc. The level 200 words are less likely to be familiar to students, but are fantastic words to master and use in their speaking and writing. Level 300 words are specifically for SAT or ACT test preparation where you will have to read and decipher meanings and write an impressive essay. There is the same format for all 3 levels, but again, little to no phonetic help at the harder levels. In the back of the book are some helpful resources including lists of prefixes/roots/suffixes and their meanings; 2 longer fill-in-the-blank quizzes; and answers to all exercises. 8x10”, 235pp, Sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 064924
    ISBN: 9781934026984
    Retail: $25.95
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       If you are familiar with the Singapore methodology, then you are familiar with model drawing or the ‘bar modeling method.’ This was a real eye-opener for me when I tried it several years ago, and it can be so helpful to your students in understanding and solving word problems. This book offers very clear explanations with modeling examples and practice, so that you can use this method with any math program you are using. This goal of modeling is to offer a visual for the context of word problems. Modeling bridges the gap between concrete and abstract by giving a visual or pictorial example. Work systematically through this book for a thorough understanding.

      Start with the basics and apply the modeling method to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, rate/distance, ratio, percent, two unknowns, and algebra. There are 97 problems within these chapters, and, in some cases, may take two pages to explain the solution to the problem – very thorough and systematic! The author even suggests more than one way to solve the problem, when that is a possibility. At the end of section, there are practice problems for you to try. A final exam of ten problems is found at the end of the Word Problems section, and solutions with visual models for practice problems and final exam rounds out the book.

      I’ve often wondered why no one taught this method when I was young, because it makes sense of word problems. Use this alongside your Singapore Math for more practice and clear explanations, or use it with your regular math program for an alternative explanation to solve difficult word problems. 153 pgs., p/b. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063917
    ISBN: 9781441315731
    Retail: $10.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

     A no-nonsense planner that allows you to “get the job done.” This classy, utilitarian planner has 45 undated, weekly two-page spreads with days of the week across the top, a subject column on the left side, seven rows of lined boxes (2” x 1¼”), and a generous notes column on the right side. Extra pages include 4 pages for seating charts, 20 two-page spreads for attendance or grades (35 lines), and 7 lined pages for notes. Lay flat spiral binding. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 060812
    ISBN: 9781601448842
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.99

    The quality of Critical Thinking Press is now in a test preparation product. Algebra Test Prep and Review is arranged topically, so you only review the concepts you need or want. Important topics from algebra 1 and algebra 2 are set up in units and each unit is rounded out with a summary of those topics and a practice quiz. Units cover algebra basics and include factoring, radicals, exponents, graphing, linear equations, quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, conics, logarithms, determinants, matrices, and more. Each topic is defined and clear examples given, along with a thorough explanation of any information connected to that topic. There are no exercises for practice, just the quizzes at the end of each unit. The pages are perforated for easier copying for family, classroom and repeated review of topics. Use this great test prep product for help with homework, review, or extra practice on key algebraic concepts. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060410
    ISBN: 9781628736175
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.86

    “What do I do about this? How do I handle that? But what if. . ..“ These are among the many questions parents new to the homeschooling journey ask. Many parents, the author asserts, tend to take in too much information as they begin homeschooling, and, thereby, complicate the process. In doing so, they and their students become overwhelmed and frustrated. Subtitled "How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun and Effective", the 12 chapters in this volume meet these goals. You will find much healthy wisdom here. Emphasis is on simultaneously maintaining simplicity and excellence in the home school. These qualities are reinforced in the author’s writing as well. Who better to write a stream-lined view of homeschooling in a stream-lined manner than Lorilee Lippincott, the author of The Simple Living Handbook? This is a practical and no-nonsense guide.

    Sprinkled throughout are real life stories from the author and other families who encompass varied approaches, needs and experience. Homeschooling educational philosophies are extremely comprehensive and clearly explained. There is solid, practical information on time management; how to instill a love of learning and curiosity in children and so more. You don’t have to be new to homeschooling to benefit from this handbook. There are chapters on avoiding burnout, tackling guilt and a lack of confidence, teaching under special circumstances and legal issues. 182 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 052058
    Retail: $69.99
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    Earth Science contains 56 video lectures and 28 video labs covering basic concepts, flood geology, limnology and oceanography, astronomy, and meteorology. This is a DIVE computer-based course and no other text is required, but the prerequisite to this course is either pre-algebra or Saxon 8/7.

  • Item #: 049658
    ISBN: 9780977340002
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

    Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey as translated by Samuel Butler. This no-nonsense text includes Books I-XXIV of both epic poems without illustrations. 473 pgs. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 047922
    ISBN: 9781936808151
    Retail: $29.00
    Rainbow Price: $26.75

    Planners are indispensable tools for homeschoolers and this one will equip well. I love the format: spiral bound so it'll lay flat, highlighted with no-nonsense yet beautiful images of and articles about farm tools and sprinkled with "Hey Mama" encouraging letters. Calendars of several kinds help you keep track. You'll find a yearly calendar for 2016 through 2018, monthly calendars (July through June) and double-paged weekly planners (36 undated). But there is much more! You'll find 5 pages each to record monthly, semester and yearly goals in educational, spiritual, physical, personal talents, life skills, financial and relational areas. Attendance Charts allow you to record attendance for up to 5 children. Record books read each year for up to four children and five curriculum planning sheets. An additional sheet allows you to record home school contacts. A final section helps you create a home school transcript. Additional resources include helpful lists which will serve as resources for 36 General Writing Prompts; Story Starters; The 13 Colonies by Date; Timeline of Inventions; US Presidents and Their Wives; Branches of Federal, State & Local Governments; and United States & Capitals. This edition is consumable. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 047522
    ISBN: 9780965730037
    Retail: $24.95
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    A non-technical book that explains math from counting to calculus. Topics build on one another, providing the reader with a complete overview of mathematics. This book is divided into three sections-- elementary (numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, negative numbers, exponents, pre-algebra), intermediate (solving one algebraic equation, solving a system of equations, word problems, functions, graphing, geometry, measurement of geometric figures, trigonometry), and advanced (logarithms, complex numbers, finding geometry, using algebra, introducing calculus, the derivative, the integral). This is not a text, but a discussion that includes numerous worked examples. For parents, students, or anyone who wants to understand math. Also useful as a comprehensive math reference.

    It does no good to have a text without practice of the concepts. Students read the content found in the main text "Understanding Mathematics," then complete the corresponding section in the solutions (companion) guide. The first half of the guide offers hints, examples, explanations, exercises, and problems for practice. Each chapter's content builds on the previous chapter, and initial problems incorporate the new concept presented in the main text and more challenging problems with multiple concepts by the end of the chapter. The second half of the book gives the solutions for all of the problems in the book. A 20-question chapter summary concludes each chapter. The text along with the solutions guide provide extra practice in specific skill areas, allow students to work ahead of their curriculum for an added challenge, or can be used for a comprehensive review before taking a standardized test. sc. ~ Ahn/Donna

  • Item #: 044963
    ISBN: 9781932971378
    Retail: $8.50
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    This drawing instruction book takes a "learn by doing" approach, offering a progression of drawing exercises to help the art student build his or her skills. It starts with the basics, introducing students to the tools used, providing warm-up exercises, and offering brief explanations of value before the first exercise – drawing a bowl of eggs. The lessons then progress through shape, form and use of shading to show the light source. Specific still life exercises are given that offer students opportunities to draw common objects that are made up of basic shapes. The exercises progress in difficulty here, from tennis balls and fruit (spheres) to boxes, cans of soda, funnels, bottles, light bulbs, household tools, and even a telephone. Movement, texture and pattern are emphasized in the last half of the book and exercises include drawing ribbons, stuffed animals, draped fabric, plants and other household objects that provide opportunities for practice. The last section of the book provides pointers on how to compose a still life, some questions for self-evaluation, a list of suggested art books, and a gallery of student work. Overall, it's an inexpensive and no-nonsense drawing guide. 52 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 044876
    ISBN: 9781615386659
    Retail: $14.95
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     Written to correlate with the Prentice Hall Algebra 2 Classics Edition (by Smith), this resource from Memoria Press contains 15 quizzes and 16 tests as well as a final exam. Designed to be consumable (no permission is given to reproduce pages), there is plenty of white space on each page for the student to work out the problems. Please note that there are no answers in this resource; they are located in the Algebra II Quizzes & Test Key, item #44877.

  • Item #: 044214
    ISBN: 9781420680577
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.25

    This book provides practice for older readers to enhance their reading skills, using a variety of different texts similar to what they would come across in their daily lives. It is divided into two parts: Key Reading Skills and Reading Texts. The first part focuses on specific skills, including scanning, predicting, working out word meanings, understanding a writer's purpose, understanding complex sentences, interpreting graphs and tables, inferring, and reading critically. Each unit focuses on one of those skills, with a brief explanation on what the skill is, how to use it, and why you might need to use it. A follow-up activity provides practice in using the skill, with an example text to read, and a series of related short-answer questions to complete. In the second part, students are given a variety of texts, including excerpts from textbooks, articles, novels, web pages, film reviews and cartoons. Three groups of activities accompany every text, one to complete before reading the text, one designed to test recall, and one intended for a student's personal response to the text. All in all, the book has a very no-nonsense visual appearance, with black-and-white pages and few illustrations. If your previous reading comprehension program does not cover this age level, or you feel that your junior high student could use some additional reading skills practice, you might consider this one. 30 units (lessons) total, with answers included in the back. Reproducible for classroom or family use only. – Jess