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  • Item #: 041955
    ISBN: 9780890519813
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    Full of colorful artwork and photos as well as black & white illustrations, vocabulary tidbits, maps, and biographical sketches, it is skillfully formatted into an appealing and engaging text. Each of the 28 chapters (i.e. weekly lessons) have text interspersed with Narration Breaks (place to stop and recount orally the information that has been covered) and questions: "Ready to Explore".Each chapter ends with a two-page photo montage (a feature I love) that pertains to the chapter's focus. For instance, there is a collection of Native American dwellings each with short informational captions inAmerica's Story.

     

  • Item #: 052699
    ISBN: 9780615348032
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    "America is unlike any other nation in the world. Born in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, she has had only one form of government since the U.S. constitution was ratified in 1789. Neither our closest allies nor our fiercest enemies have experienced the stability with which America has been blessed…America Exceptionalism is the result of distinctive Biblical ideas such as God-given inalienable rights, limited government, full republicanism, separation of powers with checks and balances and especially, an educated and virtuous citizenry." (From the Foreword)

    As Christians, we recognize God's blessings on this nation from the beginning, and yet we are living in a generation that is seeing the slow erosion of this blessing as our nation drifts farther and farther from His Word. If you are longing to better understand America's Christian heritage and your role in it, then read this book! Beginning with the biblical foundation for citizenship and the characteristics necessary to form a biblical worldview, the author presents the historical precedence of our Christian nation and takes a serious look at how our nation has gotten to the place it is today, concluding with a challenge to believers to take a stand for biblical values and liberty. In the words of the Old Testament prophet, Hosea, "My People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." As Believers, let us learn what it means to be an active, stable and committed member of society based on a Godly foundation. An excellent study for high school students and adults, each chapter offers thought provoking questions for reflection and discussion. 223 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 050171
    ISBN: 9780890515983
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    Have you ever stopped and wondered what it was like to have been a signer of the Declaration of Independence in Colonial America? We live in the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, one truly blessed by God from its inception. So what was the caliber of the men who shaped it? What did they think? What were their personal lives like? Now you have an opportunity to learn about the Founding Fathers in one of the most insightful and brilliantly crafted ways to date. Marilyn Boyer has written For You They Signed in such a way that it will leave you thinking you know the Founding Fathers personally. You will learn about some of their personal traits, life's events, and involvement in public service. The book is formatted in a unique way with the men grouped according to their respective states, just as the signatures were organized on the Declaration of Independence. At the end of each biography, there is also a list of questions for use in discussion groups. These would also make fine study questions in the classroom. Each signer has a portrait drawing and a box containing basic statistics on his life, such as where he was born, educated, and whether he was married and had children. In each biography is a chart of dates and descriptions of public service. Boyer has included many quotes from other writers, including comments from contemporaries of the Founding Fathers. At the beginning, you will find a brief description of the role Christianity played in the founding of the nation, along with quotes from famous people in our history and a typed version of the Declaration for your perusal. Included in the appendixes are character definitions, Patrick Henry's speech to the signers on July 4, 1776, "The Christian Nature of State Constitutions," and "The Christian Nature of America's Universities." Boyer crafted the book so that it can be used in five ways: a year's worth of character studies from a devotional perspective, a resource for a single mother, a program that the children can use on their own at their own pace, a group study, and for general reading. One of my regrets about this book is that I didn't have it when I was in school! 342 pgs, hc. – John

  • Item #: 041185
    ISBN: 9780925279453
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    Another patriotic book from Wallbuilders, this one is a reprint of the book originally published in 1848 by American historian B.J. Lossing. It looks like a reprint, too, in both font and illustration. The original language is unchanged; for instance, the first chapter, in discussing Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire, states that he practiced medicine, "his business soon became lucrative, and he amassed a competency." I'm not sure what a competency is, and my Webster's American Family Dictionary doesn't define this word – I suppose his net worth increased. But by and large, the text is quite understandable.

    About two-thirds of the book is what you would expect it to be from the title. Each of the 56 signers of the Declaration get about three to five pages of biographical text. The facts of each man's life are presented in a straightforward manner. The remaining third of the book is a discussion of the Declaration of Independence and some of the major events that brought it about. Next, the Articles of Confederation is presented, again including discussion of the surrounding history. Then, the Constitution is printed, also with historical context. Finally, if you've been dying to read the Stamp Act, that hated piece of legislation forced on the colonies, it is here too.

    This book will give insights into this collection of gifted leaders to which we owe our freedom and rich history. sc, 384 pgs.

  • Item #: 025747
    ISBN: 9781589976245
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    Media decisions are a part of the life of today's Christian family. And making God-honoring decisions can be a challenge. Some families have opted to "unplug" in an attempt to deal with the situation. Others would prefer to use these decisions as training ground for living "in the world but not of the world." If you're among this latter group, here is help. Bob Waliszewski is director of Plugged In Online, a website devoted to providing detailed and trustworthy information on today's entertainment. With an emphasis on heart attitudes (of both ourselves and our children) and a focus on starting with foundation-building principles, in this book he gives practical advice and encourages families to commit to a Family Entertainment Constitution. 196 pgs. pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 008551
    ISBN: 9781628712377
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    With so many American history books these days being stripped of any reference to God or the importance of His laws as the foundation of our nation, it is refreshing to have a book that digs into the real history of the founders. This book digs. The series examines the lives and faith of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (19 in Volume 1 and the remaining 37 will be covered in Volume 2) and, when complete (three volumes) will also include the 39 signers of the Constitution. The introduction to Volume 1 sets the stage by looking at the evidences of faith from each colony, their charters, the continental congresses, and even the proposals for the Great Seal. The individual profiles of the signers, integrating many quotes and ranging in length from 5 to 18 pages, provide a biography of each, his legacy, and a look at the evidence of his faith. Also included is his signature, his colony/state, his church affiliation, plus one more interesting designation – his score on Combs Informal Scale of Christian Devotion. This last is the author’s own rating that ranges from 1 (Not Devout) to 5 (Makes Billy Graham look like an atheist).

    Examples of a strong faith-based beginning to our country are evident in more than just the lives/beliefs of the founding fathers. In fact, there are evidences everywhere – the Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, colonial charters, proclamations, days of prayer and fasting, state constitutions, marching songs and even the Liberty Bell. This book has been carefully researched and is fully footnoted.

    Fascinating and encouraging, even inspiring reading, this book does not, however, gloss over one of the glaring criticisms of “the signers.” In a short essay, the author considers the signers and their view of slavery. Obviously, a complicated subject, he provides an insightful discussion. 296 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 043262
    ISBN: 9781424303106
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    Students watch as the instructor, Wes Olson, explains the definition of life and takes you through the days of Creation and the specimens created on those days. In order, you will learn about plants, water animals, flying creatures, land animals, and mankind, and wrap it all up with lessons about genetics. There are 4 DVDs for a total running time of 4 ½ hours. The author describes this course as a “super-condensed, fun-filled, fascinating overview of the world of biology.” If you grasp the basics taught in this program, you’ll have a solid understanding of biology. The 4th disc contains the PDF files. High school credits are based on hours spent on a course of study, and 120-180 hours constitutes one credit. This course totals 135 hours if you follow the accreditation schedule. You could add dissection labs or microscope labs for more content. Note that the activities in this course are simple labs like identifying plants and animals or watching a fish, so if you live in a state which requires lab sciences for high school credit you will need to make some additions.

  • Item #: 028020
    ISBN: 9780764126017
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    Like the other terrific books in the Painless series, this one endeavors to make learning easier and more enjoyable, without skipping out on any of the "meat." We begin with a description of government in general and a comparative look at the founding father's view of democracy versus how it actually operates in America today. We then learn about the Constitution and how it forms the basis for our government, civil liberties and civil rights, the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government, our election system, political parties, and much more. The book also includes discussion questions and quizzes, to use either as self-evaluation, or for more formal assessment. Easy to use, and enjoyable to read, this would make an excellent supplement to an American history program, or a great introductory-level read before starting a heavier-weight government course in high school. Answer key included. - Jess

  • Item #: 031448
    ISBN: 9781932012972
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    Becoming a family that reads aloud together was one of the most enjoyable journeys my family made. I only wish this book had been available when we transitioned into a read aloud family!

    Are you looking to introduce the reading of "living literature" into your home but feel overwhelmed at the vast array of books available? While there are many books available to guide you in selecting books, Read for the Heart is written from the perspective of a home educated young lady who was home educated in a family which successfully incorporated living literature into their home. Sarah Clarkson, daughter of Clay and Sally Clarkson, shares the inspiration and vision for incorporating literature into our homes through research, personal stories and suggestions on how to make reading a reality in your home. Her goal is simply to equip you to develop a reading habit within your own home, and with this book she has accomplished this goal.

    The first three chapters focus on helping you develop the habit of reading in your home. The following chapter is intended to give you a "road map" on using this book most effectively. The remaining chapters contain the booklists and are organized according to types of books. Each chapter focuses on one of the following eight literature categories: Picture Books, Golden Age Classics, Children's Fiction, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, History and Biography, Spiritual Reading, Poetry and Music, and Art and Nature. Prior to the lists, Sarah shares personal stories as well as explanations on why certain books are included in each category. This is specifically beneficial when considering the Fairy Tales and Fantasy Category. Within each chapter, book recommendations are organized by author and include a brief book review. This book review includes author's name, original publication date, award(s), illustrator, general age category, a short review, and any cautions you, the parent, should know regarding mature or questionable content. Appendices at the end of this book provide you quick references for finding books. These lists include Caldecott Medalists, Newberry Medalists, G.A. Henty Historical Fiction, Landmark History Books, Trailblazer Series, and Sarah's personal favorite literature for family read-aloud. All in all, this soft-cover book contains 384 pages of living literature inspiration for your family. The text is a larger print with ample margin space to record your own family favorites, thoughts, and memories. A delightful book that is sure to inspire you on your own journey of family reading. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 007161
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  • Item #: 041891
    ISBN: 9781683440574
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  • Item #: 000673
    ISBN: 9780698116214
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    Though small in stature, James Madison was a powerful influence in our country's past. His eloquence and political intelligence greatly contributed to the shaping of the Constitution and our nation and led young America through two wars. This 159-page Jean Fritz biography recounts the industrious life of this great president through captivating text and black and white photographs.

  • Item #: 050477
    ISBN: 9781932786477
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    Grab your passport and let the adventures begin! In the vibrant pages of this hard cover book, you will make fascinating discoveries of the sights and sounds of all 195 countries of our world. Learn about the people who live there: their history, culture, religious beliefs, currency, languages, population, crops and food, music, the physical geographical traits of their land and even a sampling of recipes. Each country is presented in a one page layout and includes the flag, a fact box, brief history notes, and a "Did you know" section which contains fun and fascinating information. For instance: "Did you know that Russia is the world's largest country and stretches almost 5,000 miles from east to west and covers nine time zones?" or "Did you know that North Korea is a little smaller than the state of Mississippi?" or "Were you aware that there are over one hundred active volcanoes in Japan?" You will learn these tidbits plus much more in this great resource. The accompanying CD-ROM contains three hundred printable pages (PDF file format) of blank template maps, full color maps, quizzes, passport booklet (US or Canada cover options), and flashcards. You will also find lesson plans for thirty five weeks creating a one year world geography course and supplemental internet links. HC, 216 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
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    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

  • Item #: 041943
    ISBN: 9781683440581
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  • Item #: 019632
    ISBN: 9780890513774
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    In this volume, students examine the earth in 16 chapters, starting with ecosystems and biomes, learning about biotic (living), and abiotic (non-living) factors that affect our ecosystem, such as population growth, energy flow, food, and light, temperature, water and minerals. The last several units focus on individual species and their relations with one another, and environmental problems like pollution.

  • Item #: 000664
    ISBN: 9780688101923
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    This book shares the story of our Constitution, from the convention beginning in May of 1781 to the ratification of the original thirteen states and the amendments which followed. The text is written in a story-like manner, with colorful pictures illustrating throughout. Included in the back are a few pages providing other important notes and dates.

  • Item #: 000288
    ISBN: 9781516991105
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      A country, state, and civics study for middle school students written by Angela O’Dell. The four included unit studies are designed for students to create a recorded notebook on US geography, government and symbols, state and city government, and their home state. Necessary resources include National Geographic’s Kids Atlas of the USA; Eat Your Way Around the USA; some state pictures for the region you’re studying; and markers/pencils. The appendix includes supplemental suggestions for books, DVDs and Web resources. Non-reproducible, 186 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 049734
    ISBN: 9781576585597
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    As Christians in a Western world, we are not accustomed to the idea of persecution for our faith. People in many parts of the world do suffer for their beliefs, and sometimes it can be hard to fathom. Brother Andrew has written God's Smuggler as a description of what life in countries with religious persecution is like. This amazing man of God smuggled Bibles into many parts of the world to be a blessing to those unfortunate enough not to possess them. Now, in this distinctive book, Brother Andrew and John and Elizabeth Sherrill have combined other stories of persecution and travel to restrictive countries with Brother Andrew's book. Throughout the pages are scattered inserts of stories from such places as Columbia, China, Peru, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. These inserts fall into four different categories: A Traveler's Story, Diary of a Smuggler, Around the Globe, and Imagine This. A Traveler's Story contains personal testimonies of those people living in nations that persecute people for following Christ. Diary of a Smuggler boxes are written by people who have traveled to restrictive countries through Open Doors to encourage the people there. Around the Globe inserts provide brief statistics about religions in individual countries and a summation of what the Church is facing in those locations; Imagine This are questions at the end of the chapters that ask ethical questions or present scenarios with dilemmas that allow you to determine what you would do if placed in those circumstances. This book is great for motivating you in your faith and opening your eyes to the present situation of Christians around the world. 330 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 049348
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    From the author of Latin Centered Curriculum (Memoria Press), this comprehensive K-12 resource for memorization, copywork, and dictation provides a vast array of memorization material in all academic areas, as well as Latin and Greek. Weighing in at a hefty 450 plus pages, this book provides you ample choices for memory work, and has been designed for use with any classical curriculum or simply as a handy reference for home or school. At first glance, the sheer size of this book appears to be overwhelming. However, the author reminds us this book has been created to provide 13 years worth of memorization options and we simply integrate what we feel is the best selection.

    Beginning with the importance of memorizing, this detailed book takes you through the steps of how to memorize and includes general principles to make memory work easier; you are then set free to select memorization selections from a vast array of subject areas. Read on for more details! The Latin chapter is divided into six parts: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; Prayers; and Hymns and Carols. The first three sections contain mostly secular material, while the last three are religious. The Greek chapter is divided into five sections: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; and Prayers and Hymns. These selections are drawn from both classical and ecclesiastical Greek, and the author has also included some background information on Easter Christian traditions. Translations are provided throughout. The Arithmetic and Mathematics chapter includes an extensive resource selection, including (but not limited to): addition/subtraction fact families, properties and orders, prime numbers, multiplication table, Euclid's Definitions and Common Notions, and the Pythagorean Theorem. The Grammar and Composition chapter is designed to support the study of classical languages and to reinforce principles taught in your individual writing program. It includes grammar rhymes, grammar rules, and 100 commonly misspelled words. The Literature chapter contains five sections: Literary facts and lists; Sayings, Proverbs, and Famous Quotations, Teaching Rhymes, Poetry and dramatic speeches from Shakespeare's plays. The Religion chapter contains six sections: Scripture, Prayers, Catechism, Poetry, Hymns and Carols. Using the King James Version of the Bible, the religious selections include material drawn from the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Geography chapter contains a large number of lists from both a World and US Geography perspective. The World History chapter covers events and personalities from around the globe, with the emphasis on those topics of enduring importance. Please note: dating encompasses an old earth perspective, dating back to 35,000 BC. The United States History and Civics chapter stresses key dates in American history, as well as the founding documents of our nation. Patriotic songs, verse and oratory are also included. The Natural Sciences chapter brings together lists and mnemonics for basic information in the natural sciences and is written primarily for elementary and middle school. It is best if the child memorizes material in this chapter, as it is encountered in their course of studies in the science curriculum of your choice. Extensive reference charts are found at the end of the book. These are meant for quick reference in Latin and Greek and are not meant to replace a Latin or Greek curriculum. They are, however, a good basis for Latin and Greek recitation.

    As you can see, this extensive resource book provides ample opportunities for memorization success. I was impressed with the extensive selection in each academic area, and believe this truly will be a valuable resource for families who desire to incorporate memorization from the classical perspective. 450 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 043292
    ISBN: 9781599150093
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    This unabridged reproduction of the 1905 edition provides children with an extensive, yet engaging history of England from Roman times through the reign of Queen Victoria. There are over a hundred chapters, although each one is only several pages long. Chapters usually focus on a monarch or a specific event (usually a battle) under the reign of the monarch. Although this 654-pg to me looks intimidating at first glance, the writing is lively and descriptive with lots of dialogue. Lifelike black-and-white full-page illustrations are scattered throughout the book. By H.E. Marshall, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 029711
    ISBN: 9780310743736
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    Finally, a large print Bible for young readers! One of the best pieces of advice I received in my early days of homeschooling was to have a large print Bible for my young children. The point was made that young children may focus better on their reading skills without having to strain to read the small text, making Bible reading less intimidating and more enjoyable. Within the pages of this Bible, you will find a "Getting to know Jesus" question and answer section, introductions and outline of contents for each book of the Bible, 14 full color illustrations, eight Bible reading helps, eight full color maps, a dictionary, double column text and a list of one hundred fifty Bible stories. The NIrV is based upon the NIV and contains shorter sentences, simplified text and consistent use of names (eg: Sea of Galilee is used throughout NT, rather than the interchangeable names Sea of Gennesaret and Sea of Tiberias). Here is a sample from the NIrV, "God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right." 2 Timothy 3:16. 8 1/2"x 5 ½" 2042 pgs, hc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 062381
    ISBN: 9781935273813
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    As parents, we have the tremendous opportunity to share God’s truth and the Gospel with our children! The subtitle for this devotional is Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God. These 78 weeks (a year and a half’s worth!) of in-depth, yet straight forward devotionals require a minimum each day. Organized by week, you’ll find units of 5 daily devotions: days 1-4 chronologically study the Bible. The books focus on key biblical elements that connect the whole message of the Gospel in a concise and manageable way. Day 5 diverges from this pattern to study related writings from the Psalms or prophets. Each weekly unit opens with an object lesson or themed questions. The simple items used for this lesson are listed at the beginning. Day one begins with Picture It, to help introduce the family to the week’s theme. Each day, read the passage from your own Bible, and then Think about It (a brief read-aloud passage to help understand the passage), Talk about It (three group questions with brief answers) and Pray About It (unscripted suggestions for prayer). As you progress through the week, you will be asked to remember previous days’ readings and also to apply them to your lives.

      I so appreciate the succinct treasure this is: theologically rich, yet comprehensible; simple, yet doctrinally sound. Another unique feature is that occasionally children are cued to ask the parents questions. The approach here is that we are all on a spiritual journey to becoming more like Christ (rather than “the parents know it all”). Long Story Short focuses on the Old Testament and highlights key individuals and events from creation through Nehemiah. This book was a 2012 ECPA Christian book award finalist.

    Includes brief instructions for how to use the devotionals with preschool, grade school and older students. Use these excellent devotions to start your homeschool day or study as a family in the evening. By the same author as Gospel Story Bible (#062680). 7.5” x 10.5”, 418 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 052567
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    This DVD could easily have been called, "Effective Teaching Strategies for Children Who Just Don't Get It!" Focusing specifically on teaching strategies for right brain learners, the ideas and concepts presented here will facilitate learning for many of your children. In this presentation, Dianne Craft explains the differences between right and left brain learning and defines the targeted audience for teaching with right brain strategies. While success has been documented in a variety of children including those with auditory processing issues, attention and focusing issues, underdeveloped memory and poor hemispheric integration (e.g. Dyslexia), the strategies presented will work for any child that other teaching methods are not working for.

    Beginning with the premise that most curricula is written for left brain learners who thrive on a sequential, repetitive, and mostly plain (non-distracting) presentation, Mrs. Craft explains the differences found in the right brain learner and provides a wide range of teaching suggestions in multiple subject areas including Spelling and Vocabulary, Phonics and Reading Comprehension, Math and Writing. Suggestions for following directions and study skills are also included.

    This DVD lecture is bursting with strategic ideas for teaching struggling learners and I personally took away many nuggets—valuable ideas that this "left brain mom" is incorporating into her home. One of the greatest tidbits I received was the idea that writing was not the best learning gate for all children and often times children feel penalized when made to write everything we strive to teach them-as a mom who incorporated a great deal of copywork in our homeschool, this explained a lot of the struggles I went through with one of my children. An accompanying 38 page comb-bound Study Guide provides overhead transparencies and additional "how-to" information. Mrs. Craft is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable presenter. My only lament with this DVD is the low sound quality at times (the teaching segment was recorded live in a large room), and the overhead projections are often difficult to view. Fortunately, the study guide does a fine job of aiding the viewer in following the presentation.

    Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently, or in tandem as they complement each other. While there is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs/CDs, using them together provides parents with additional tools. 126 min. Deanne

  • Item #: 044361
    ISBN: 9781465443434
    Retail: $16.99
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    DK always does a fantastic job with visually stunning encyclopedias, and nothing quite stirs the imagination more than a full-color encyclopedia on space. This encyclopedia explores all aspects of space as we know it. The first section asks the question "What is space?" and explores space, stargazing and observatories, our galaxy, other galaxies, and nearby stars. Section two is all about the exploration of space: astronaut training, space vehicles, the moon, space stations, working and living in space, and explorations further afield. The third section details all of the major bodies in our own solar system, including the sun and some of the moons. Section four gives readers a look at comets, meteors and asteroid belts. The next section deals with mysteries that may or may not ever be answered (or may not even be issues, depending on your worldview): UFOs, life on other planets, the Big Bang(!?), black holes, other earths, and birth and death of stars. The last section has ideas and information on enjoying and learning about space on your own, followed by a reference section that contains a glossary and index. The plethora of photographs, enhanced telescope/probe images, and artist's impressions bring space down to an attainable level, and the bite-sized text is perfect for young users. As a note, the book does promote some evolutionary theories. 128 pgs, hc. – Zach

  • Item #: 041913
    ISBN: 9780890519790
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    Full of colorful artwork and photos as well as black & white illustrations, vocabulary tidbits, maps, and biographical sketches, it is skillfully formatted into an appealing and engaging text. Each of the 28 chapters (i.e. weekly lessons) have text interspersed with Narration Breaks (place to stop and recount orally the information that has been covered) and questions: "Ready to Explore". Each chapter ends with a two-page photo montage (a feature I love) that pertains to the chapter's focus. For instance, there is a collection of Native American dwellings each with short informational captions in America's Story.

     

  • Item #: 030894
    ISBN: 9781857925586
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

    Here are 46 short stories (8 pages or less for each), specially crafted by Patricia St. John to encourage readers to grow in greater knowledge of God and the principles in His Word. Each story begins with a Scripture reference that introduces the concept of the story, and ends with three or four of the following insightful pointers: an author's note (some extra exhortation), keynote (emphasizing the biblical point of the story), a prayer, and a topic for further consideration. From God and Jesus to the sacrifice of the cross and the Holy Spirit, to spiritual growth and trusting God – these stories are an encouragement that touch many aspects of our lives. 235 pgs in pb. – Zach

  • Item #: 026871
    ISBN: 9780310344131
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    JRR Tolkien wrote, "The wide world is about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot forever fence it out." Children are never too young to be introduced to the fascinating world outside their neighborhood. Beginning with a vision for understanding the global culture in light of state of our world today, the author provides appealing ideas for families to bring cultures into their home.

    In the Power of a Story section, she explains that powerful stories reflect real life struggles of right and wrong, help our children develop compassion, and inspire our character to grow. She also provides tips on including reading as a natural part of family life. The 2nd part of the book focuses on reading lists by location (Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Australia/Oceania and Polar Regions) and age group (4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12 years). Reading lists include short descriptions and notations about religious content. The recommendations in this book will bring a fresh enthusiasm to your Geography studies! Index of titles in back for easy reference. 226 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne