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  • Item #: 053572
    ISBN: 9780984362998
    Retail: $37.95
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    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 #: 060818
    ISBN: 9781601448866
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    Rainbow Price: $39.99

    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 #: 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 #: 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 #: 060812
    ISBN: 9781601448842
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    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 #: 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 #: 047186
    ISBN: 9780984583249
    Retail: $64.95
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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 #: 049658
    ISBN: 9780977340002
    Retail: $24.95
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    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 #: 069786
    ISBN: 9781503341111
    Retail: $0.00
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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 #: 063917
    ISBN: 9781441315731
    Retail: $10.95
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     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 #: 019801
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    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 #: 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 #: 024658
    ISBN: 9780192732842
    Retail: $9.95
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    Following the death of her father, eleven year old Pollyanna Whittier is sent to live with her spinster Aunt Polly. Although not particularly excited about the prospect, Polly knows her duty and agrees to take Pollyanna in her care. Before too long, the carefree nature of this little girl changes the lives of all those around her, including that of stern, no nonsense Aunt Polly. When Pollyanna is involved in a critical accident, the town must work to bring joy back into the life of this beloved girl. Unabridged.~ Enh

  • Item #: 013789
    ISBN: 9780867170917
    Retail: $69.95
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    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Guide. Algebra I - Variables & Numbers, Solving Equations, Problem Analysis & Solutions, Polynomials, Algebraic Factors, Algebraic Fractions, Radical Expressions, Graphing, Systems, Quadratic Equations & Review.
  • Item #: 000846
    ISBN: 9780880620741
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    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 #: 013646
    ISBN: 9781580957441
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $62.96
    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Guide. Algebra II - Sets, Structure, & Function, Numbers, Sentences, & Problems, Linear Equations & Inequalties, Polynomials, Radical Expressions, Real Numbers, Quadratic Relations & Systems, Exponential Functions, Counting Principles, Review.
  • Item #: 013787
    ISBN: 9780740331787
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $62.96
    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Manual. Pre-Algebra - Real Number System, Modeling Problems in Integers, Modeling Problems with Rational Numbers, Proportional Reasoning, More with Functions, Measurement, Plane Geometry, Measures of Solid Figures, Data Analysis, Probability.
  • Item #: 044963
    ISBN: 9781932971378
    Retail: $8.50
    Rainbow Price: $5.63

    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 #: 042670
    ISBN: 9780945045076
    Retail: $14.95
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    This reference provides a simple explanation of rules accompanied by clear examples for a variety of different punctuation marks. Starting with a brief look at the history and purpose of punctuation, the book is then organized into sections alphabetically, covering apostrophes, brackets, colons, commas, ellipses, em dashes, en dashes, exclamation points, parentheses, periods, question marks, semicolons, and slashes. Each section follows the same no-nonsense, black and white format. A rule for that type of punctuation is presented in bold type, followed by a few sentences illustrating that rule with the punctuation in bold. Any special notes for further clarification are included where appropriate. Recommended by the Institute for Excellence in Writing, this guide is helpful to read straight through or to keep on hand as a quick reference. 71 pgs, index included.

  • Item #: 013778
    ISBN: 9780740334801
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $62.96

    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Guide.Place Value/Addition/Subtraction, Multiplying Whole Numbers & Decimals, Dividing Whole Numbers & Decimals, Algebra & Graphing, Measurement, Factors & Fractions, Fraction Operations, Data Analysis & Probability, Geometry, Perimeter/Area/Volume.

  • Item #: 037491
    Retail: $69.99
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    Kids aren't fooled. They'd rather use mom or dad's keys, cell phones - even flashlights - over a "kiddie" model! That's why I love this metal detector from First Texas Products (a real metal detector company). It looks like a tool, not a toy, with a tough black 6.5" search coil, a telescoping shaft (up to 2') and a no-nonsense control panel. The detector will pick up coin-size objects up to 5" deep and larger objects up to 1.5' deep, and the volume varies with the target depth. The straightforward and very readable booklet gets kids started right away, including an explanation of the elimination knob to bypass iron or nickel objects, and how to adjust the sensitivity. The durable design and simple operation should last for years. Requires one 9-volt alkaline battery. – Jess
  • Item #: 031057
    ISBN: 9780544261839
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.25

    This is a no-nonsense grammar review - that just happens to be correlated to the Common Core State Standards for grades 6-12. The book is divided into four units – Vocabulary, Sentences, Grammar/Usage, and Capitalization/Punctuation/Spelling. A Check What You Know section to be completed prior to using the book highlights the areas in which the student needs targeted work. Each unit has its own review, and there are Check What You've Learned (review) and Using What You've Learned (application) sections at the end. Worksheets (perforated) provide practice exercises following a brief instructional sequence and examples. All answers are provided. With a goal of core language skill mastery, these are solid review books to use prior to standardized testing, community college placement testing, or ACT/SAT testing. 140 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 044214
    ISBN: 9781420680577
    Retail: $16.99
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    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

  • Item #: 060410
    ISBN: 9781628736175
    Retail: $14.95
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    “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 #: 010215
    ISBN: 9781580628556
    Retail: $9.95
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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 #: 017108
    ISBN: 9781145304109
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $38.95

    Modern second language acquisition has a different focus now than in past years; newer computer courses emphasize speaking & listening over the older reading & grammar method. This book is old school Spanish, literally. It is reprint of an original Spanish text for American students from about 1923. The old book was scanned, so the print looks vintage. If you are a fan of old textbooks or are learning Spanish but prefer a more traditional method than a computer, here is an option. The lessons assume you have a fluent instructor and begin with the alphabet and basic sounds. 610 pages walk you through basic grammar, ser & estar, formality, numbers, time, pronouns, comparing, negative, subjunctive, conditional future and more. By the end of this book, you will have covered about the same content as a modern first-year Spanish course. It is not the engaging & interactive presentation many students are accustomed to, and there is no audio component available. That said, the language instruction is solid. A glossary in the back serves as a handy reference. This book would be hard to use without some level of fluency in the student or instructor, but I like the charm of the old type and no-nonsense explanations. 610 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 257857
    ISBN: 9781591668640
    Retail: $6.99
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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 #: 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 #: 067553
    ISBN: 9780768936612
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

     

    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