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  • Item #: 019702
    ISBN: 9789814250689
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  • Item #: 027402
    Retail: $19.95
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    This small kit allows students to create a simple electrical circuit and see first hand what causes open and closed circuits. Everything needed is included in the kit, except for a "D" size battery to supply power. Components include a knife switch, two bulb holders, two small light bulbs, a battery holder, and five alligator connector cords. The circuit is very easy to put together and the directions tell you how to flip the knife switch to create an open and closed circuit and why you get that reaction. A simple but effective way to demonstrate how circuits work. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 027746
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    There are so many puzzle games around, it's difficult to find one that stands out from the pack. IQ Twist differs from the rest in several regards – its simplicity, its small size, and its originality. To play, you decide which of the 100 puzzles you want to do, and fit pegs into the board to match that puzzle. Then you try to fit all the twisty puzzle pieces onto the board and over the pegs– matching the color of the piece to the peg it fits over, of course. Each puzzle has only one solution, making some of them downright impossible. An excellent travel game, and a great way to boost IQ and spatial reasoning. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 060884
    ISBN: 9780486782485
    Retail: $9.99
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    These pictures look exactly the same, except, wait, wasn’t that orange flower blue before? Enjoy 25 different picture puzzles, each with about 10 or so differences to spot. The color photographs are full of fun details, some simple, some tricky! Perfect for the waiting room or in the car. 64 softcover pages with solutions. – Laura

  • Item #: 001607
    ISBN: 9780486435329
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    Whether you're going on a quick errand or an extended trip, keep little ones entertained with this mini activity book. The forty-eight travel-themed activities include: drawing, matching, mazes, word puzzles, and simple math problems. Bring along crayons to color in the pages after completing the activities. Solutions are found in the back. This book is a Dover Green Edition printed on partially recycled materials. 62 pages, paperback – Rachel
  • Item #: 031880
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    This Tetris-like puzzle features 12 different shapes of between 3 and 5 beads with thin connecting plastic. The puzzle board is a 5 x 11 region of dents in which you will configure your shapes. The object of the game is to fit all 12 shapes on the Kanoodle board, starting with the positions on the cards. As the cards get harder, you will start with fewer and fewer puzzle pieces. Each setup has hundreds of possible combinations but just one solution. It can get quite frustrating when you end up with one bead off the board and one open spot, but the more you try the closer (and farther) you can get. Once you master the 2D setup, you can play 3D Pyramid Kanoodle with the same key concept but one challenging twist - use all 12 pieces to make a pyramid. I hope you find this as fun and challenging as I did.

  • Item #: 012091
    ISBN: 9780689801785
    Retail: $7.99
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    Twenty-two hundred years ago, King Chen became the First Supreme Emperor of China. King Chen came up with a brilliant solution to protecting his people from the Mongol horsemen who raided villages and threatened to invade. He would build a wall. After ten long years of hard work, the 3,750-mile wall was complete. This true story is told in a simple, storybook manner so children will enjoy it while learning about history. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the book. 30 pgs. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 046585
    ISBN: 9781857441154
    Retail: $23.95
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    Both beginning and advanced chess players will benefit from this thorough book. The book contains two volumes in one: Volume One teaches beginning principles, while Volume Two teaches winning methods. Volume One introduces students to the chess board, game pieces, and basic moves for game play. Volume Two focuses on game strategies, with a study of openings, attacking techniques, and a guide to endgame themes. The book contains 400 examples (ranging from simple to difficult) of various chess moves, accompanied by black-and-white diagrams of chess boards with detailed instructions. Solutions to the game examples are located after each chapter, and an index is located in the back. 174 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 002759
    ISBN: 9780156569804
    Retail: $7.00
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    If you have ever had the privilege of speaking with a young child, you may have experienced kid logic, or a very simplistic and often silly explanation for an impossible or complicated phenomenon. This book is a beautiful story of kid.

    When a young princess is very sick, she says she can be made well if the moon is brought to her. The king gathers all his great thinkers who ponder and puzzle and can come up with no solution. It is the simple jester who goes to the princess and, after asking her a few questions, comes up with a clever answer. The charming childlike responses from the princess combined with squiggly, colored illustrations make for a whimsical story that is perfect for bedtime. 48 softcover pages. Laura

  • Item #: 057033
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    50 challenges, countless configurations! Interlock is a game of logic that challenges the player to think outside the box. The objective is to create connected geometric shapes using the twelve 1x1x2-inch blocks in a manner that hides all visible sockets or plugs. Interlock seems deceptively simple at first, but spikes in difficulty rather quickly, becoming a true test of skill, inventiveness and spatial reasoning. A booklet is included which offers hints as well as a solution to all puzzle configurations. However, another interesting facet of this game is that the answers they present are only one of many possible resolutions to a puzzle! ~ Nick

  • Item #: 067840
    ISBN: 9781454912453
    Retail: $8.95
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  • Item #: 032295
    ISBN: 9780486255316
    Retail: $1.99
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    Here is a great first book of mazes for your children. These 46 cleverly illustrated mazes are not only fun, but they help develop puzzle-solving skills, too. Simple rhymes accompany each maze, telling you what you need to do to reach each goal. Your kids will enjoy helping a cowboy 'round up all three of his steers that got loose, finding mittens for kittens, and showing the spider the way to his friend who is waiting for him at the cobweb's end. The book's small size (4 3/16" x 5 3/4") is also perfect for little hands and would be ideal for car trips and other excursions. This paperback book has 64 black-and-white pages, and solutions are provided. ~ Elise
  • Item #: 286401
    ISBN: 9781606824580
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    The Algebra 2 Teacher's Edition (3rd ed) provides presentation suggestions and motivational ideas for teaching Algebra 2, including additional Internet keyword searches leading to interactive activities and supplemental material. Additional problems, common student errors, math journaling suggestions, graphing calculator tips, and one-on-one activities are also included. The Teacher's Edition also includes a detailed Lesson Plan Overview and a Common Core State Standards Correlation chart that can assist in lesson preparation. Grading is made simple because of reduced student pages with overprint answers and complete step-by-step solutions.

    The Teacher's Toolkit CD is also included with the Teacher's Edition. It contains extra reproducible activities (with answer keys), Projection Ready Answers for exercise sets, a Mathardy review game, related visuals, and other resources. (description provided by Bob Jones University Press)

  • Item #: 057014
    Retail: $29.95
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    A logic game with a Noah's Ark theme! Each animal wants its own place on the ark—your challenge is to fulfill those tricky requests. For example, the kangaroo wants to sit next to the lion, but that's the spot where the panda wants to sit to chat with the zebra. Oh, and the giraffe doesn't want to sit in the back. This game includes a simple, slotted wooden ark, 7 painted wooden figures (Noah, giraffe, kangaroo, lion, hippo, panda, and zebra), and a ringed card deck with 60 challenges. The front side of each illustrated card presents a challenge to complete with visual clues (no reading; some with numbers) that show where certain animals want to sit. Try to solve the puzzle by arranging the animals in an order (and facing the directions) that make all the animals happy. Challenges progress through four levels of difficulty; solutions are on the reverse side of each card. For one or more players.

  • Item #: 024233
    Retail: $34.95
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    Everyone knows that bubbles are fun, but they can be educational, too. This kit includes everything you need to make amazing bubbles, plus bubble-themed experiments. What's the first step for making bubbles? Start with a good recipe. Follow the directions in this kit to make a couple of different types of soap, including one specifically for making giant bubbles. Begin with a few simple experiments to see why a bubble does what it does, learning about the surface tension at work. Then on to the fun stuff, as you experiment with different bubble sizes, shapes, and variations (like blowing a bubble inside a bubble). You'll make giant bubbles, linked bubbles, bubble bridges and more! This kit includes soap solution concentrate, parts for a bubble frame, a bubble ring & tray, a toy car, a couple of measuring cups, a funnel, two pieces of colored paper, and three drinking straws. The included experiment manual has 48 pages full of facts and photos. –Chad
  • Item #: 003144
    ISBN: 9781250020314
    Retail: $16.90
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    Mindfulness (n.) paying attention to the present moment with kindness. Between academic pressures, extracurriculars and demanding careers, today’s families are busier than ever before. Our expectation for perfection can drive us to do more than our bodies and emotions can handle. Parent-stress spills over into child-stress. Dr. Kristen Race, as a child/family psychologist, presents a mindful alternative to the chaos. She discusses how being mindful helps us and our children focus and feel happier. Learn how the brain works when stressed (or doesn’t) and find practical solutions to relax more. I liked her “brain coolers” – quick tips to recharge and relax. The ideas are simple like relaxing your tongue and jaw, stop multitasking, eating mindfully and more. I am always open to new nuggets of information and this book has lots of them! 255 pp, 5.5” x 8.25” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 004189
    ISBN: 9781402788215
    Retail: $8.95
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    Ready for a real brain puzzler? The simple word search concept has been turned on its head in this book – literally! Letters are oriented in four different directions, and depending on which way you're looking at it, some letters change into a different letter. For instance, it might be an "E" when right-side up, but an "M" or "W" if you rotate it to the left or right. And it might be used as any or all of those three! When you finish a puzzle, the leftover letters will spell a quote and its author. 72 of these puzzles will probably take a while to get through! And yes, don't worry, solutions are included in case you get stuck. 96 pgs. – Chad

  • Item #: 067841
    ISBN: 9781454918110
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  • Item #: 053704
    ISBN: 9781402766992
    Retail: $14.95
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    I double dog dare you to try this puzzle! It seems innocuous enough, 12 brightly colored plastic shapes that look like children's toys. Each pentomino equals 5 cubes and loosely resemble letters. These have been around a long time under different names like Polyominoes and Hexus, as mathematical recreation. The book of patterns is your challenge. I tried the first page of puzzles thinking they must be the easiest and won't take long to finish. Boy, was I wrong! Pentominoes are quite tough to solve. I thought I must be missing something simple, so I asked other people to have a go. We were all stumped and engaged in this compelling math puzzle. The book states that ages 8 and up should be able to complete the patterns, but I would say it is for older students and adults. Even a child with a very mathematical, logical brain will be challenged by this. Just trying to get them back in the box was a puzzle in itself. The book has 365 puzzle patterns to try and follow. The solutions are in the back and an introduction and some tips are in the front. The pieces themselves store inside the book in a plastic case. Kids can even create new designs and record them on graph paper. I would call this one deceptively simple and a lot of fun! Keep your brain "in shape" for a long time to come. 96 pgs, spiral hc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 013805
    Retail: $32.95
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    The Chem 60 Kit will provide hours of experiment fun without harmful chemicals. Topics covered in the activities are chemical reactions, acids and bases, chromatography, crystal growing, surface tension, solutions and colloids, expansion of gases, magnetism, optics, growing plants,

    The Chemistry 60 Kit will provide hours of experiment fun without harmful chemicals. Topics explored include: chemical reactions, acids and bases, chromatography, crystal growing, surface tension, solutions and colloids, expansion of gases, magnetism, optics, growing plants, and much more. While some activities will require adult supervision, many of them can be done independently. Most items are provided in the kit, but you will need to gather household items to complete some of the activities.

    Each activity is colorfully illustrated with step-by-step instructions, and a very simple explanation for each activity is offered at the end. Students will test for acids by using red cabbage juice, write a magic message using lemon juice, build an erupting volcano, see and hear gas expand, grow salt crystals, and much more.

    Kit contains sodium hydrogen carbonate, iron powder, sand, plastic test tube rack, plastic test tubes, test tube holder, stopper, magnifying glass, green felt tip pen, plastic beaker, 25 milliliter measuring cup with lid, safety goggles, measuring spoon, eye dropper, funnel, tweezers, magnet in holder, washers, paper clip, pH scale, pH paper, thread, mirror, drinking straw, modeling dough, rubber band, Styrofoam, and instruction booklet. Stir up some ChemFun and learn some basic chemistry! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 015607
    Retail: $19.99
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    Programming isn’t just for the computer in this game! The idea is to “program” your way through each puzzle, using a specific combination of movements. Included in the game is an avatar, a portal, various move tokens (actions your avatar can take such as jumping, sliding, or running), power crystals, and enemy tokens, along with a map book and guide book. The map book contains puzzles of increasing difficulty with color-coded paths, which indicate which movement you need to go down the path, numbered spaces for power crystals, your avatar, and the portal. The guide book is your “program”: you place movement tokens on the various slots available in that puzzle, and then “run the program” by moving your avatar based on what tokens you placed in the guide book. The goal is to program your avatar to collect all gems, fight enemies, and navigate your way to the portal. Once you have a successful program, you can move on to the next level! But be warned: though the early levels are simple, there’s only one solution to each puzzle. Later puzzles feature loops, one-way paths, and non-linear programming logic in the guidebook. While the main goal is to demonstrate how computer programs “think”, the game is also great for developing planning, sequential logic, and problem-solving skills. Code Master is a single-player game, but can easily be passed around level-by-level for some family fun!

  • Item #: 038305
    ISBN: 9781929645442
    Retail: $37.99
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    Sudoku puzzles have exploded in popularity in recent years, and this product allows you to enjoy the logical puzzles with colors instead of numbers. Instead of using numbers from 1-9, Colorku uses nine differently colored wooden marbles on a large wooden board. The high-quality wood board measures 13.5" x 13.5" and is divided into nine rows, nine columns, and nine 3 x 3 squares. It has 81 wood marbles in 9 vibrant colors. The board and marbles are covered with a plastic tray that holds the balls on the board when storing, and flips over to serve as a ball holder while playing. The board comes with 100 different puzzle cards that come in four different difficulty levels and tell players where to place the first few marbles. The solution to each puzzle is achieved when the player ends up having one and only one of every color ball in each of the nine rows, columns, and 3 x 3 squares. Solutions are included. There's even a color conversion card that shows you how to alter any Sudoku puzzle from any book or news-paper and solve it using your Colorku board. Think the 100 puzzle cards that come with the game won't be enough? Luckily, there are a few Expansion Packs, which offer additional puzzle cards at a variety of levels. Each pack offers 100 puzzles with solutions. The Beginner Puzzles are fairly simple, the All Level Puzzles offer puzzles for four different difficulty levels, and the Advanced Puzzles will drive you crazy. The durable wooden game and fun yet challenging puzzles will be enjoyed by new and old Sudoku fans alike. ~Rachel
  • Item #: 050366
    ISBN: 9780471395386
    Retail: $19.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." – Ralph Waldo Emerson One of my favorite aspects of science during my homeschooling was the area of inventing — exploring the world around me and coming up with contraptions. I think there's at least a little of that fascination in every child, and Build a Better Mousetrap is the perfect book for just that kind of thing.

    The premise is simple: inventions are solutions to problems. They come about by seeing a need, observing how things work in the world, experimenting, then refining a solution to the original problem. The book drives this home in a very unique way. It discusses several general areas of inventions, like inventions that use light or inventions of bridges and dams. Each general topic gets its own section, which is then broken down into chapters about specific inventions, like the periscope or solar water heater. Each chapter is further divided into three parts. "The Problem" puts you in the shoes of someone from the past who noticed a problem needing solved. For instance, you'll take on the role of a glassmaker from Venice whose eyesight needs help, a French soldier seeking a way to escape from a prison in Hungary, and a Nigerian teacher trying to find a way to help farmer's produce stay fresh longer. "Observations" leads you into looking at the world around you to seek possible solutions to the particular problem, then experimenting to put those observations into practice. The experiments use common items from around the house, as well as things that any craft store would have. They're designed to lead you through a process of discovery, rather than just telling you what to do and what happened. Finally, the "Answers from the Past" sections describe the historical background behind each invention. At the end of each chapter is an "Inventor's Challenge" which encourages the reader to find his own solution to a problem.

    This 112-page book is illustrated with hand drawn line drawings. Scattered throughout each chapter are fascinating historic and scientific notes relevant to the invention being discussed. Also included is a glossary so the reader can quickly look up any terms that might be new to him. Build a Better Mousetrap is one book that's sure to delight as it leads through a journey of exploration and invention. - Chad

  • Item #: 060818
    ISBN: 9781601448866
    Retail: $0.00
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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 #: 007512
    ISBN: 9780988707085
    Retail: $120.00
    Rainbow Price: $79.95

    From the creators of the KidCoder and TeenCoder series comes this ultimate course in digital literacy! The goal of the program is to help middle-to-high-school students develop a foundational understanding of hardware, software, file management, Internet safety, and more. The course is divided into two semesters (about 33 weeks) of material; the first covers basic concepts, including an introduction to types of hardware, software, and popular programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, and more. The second semester delves into more hands-on topics which include social media programs, basic Internet utilities, designing web pages, and creating simple programs.

    At the heart of the course is a simple online interface which tracks student progress and helps organize teachers. Two online access codes are sent out with each copy of the product: one for the student, and one for the teacher. The students have access to several tools for each lesson: Lesson Video, Text, and Quiz. The videos are key to understanding topics and are both animated and narrated to help both visual learners and students learning English as a second language. The automated quizzes ensure students have a good grasp of each concept before moving on and are automatically scored for every student and sent to the teacher for review. Teachers likewise have access to a Teacher Guide, a Quiz Answer Key, and Activity Solution Guides / Files, in addition to syllabi, activity overviews, and chapter walkthroughs. These resources are provided at the teacher's leisureeach can be used by itself, left alone if deemed unnecessary, or integrated with the teacher's own supplementary material.

    The full range of topics covered includes: Fundamentals of Computer Hardware / Software, Operating Systems, Computer Files, Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Computer Networks, Search Engines, Computer Security, Word Processing, Spreadsheet Programs, Presentation Programs, Database Technology, Project Management, Digital Images, Internet Communications, Social Media, Creating Web Pages, Programming Concepts, Digital Logic, and Careers and Professional Skills.

    The course caters to group teaching as well; the online software allows teachers to track each student's scores and progress individually. The program is also age-friendly, allowing multiple students of different middle-and-high-school ages to work together as one class. In addition, it is a moderately fast-paced coursethe stated average workload amounts to roughly 3-5 hours of work per week over 33 weeks, but if this is too rigorous for students or you have younger kids in the class, the course is designed to be self-paced. If you are looking for a full-blown course on digital literacy that caters to a wide range of students, this is certainly one of the best! System requirements: Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS 10.7 or higher. ~ Stephen

    Note: Requires a laptop or desktop with an internet connection and Microsoft Office (latest version recommended).

  • Item #: 030524
    ISBN: 9781451672862
    Retail: $15.00
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    This book is what House That Cleans Yourself and Get Yourself Organized are purposefully not - a canned organization system. (and a very good one!) If you're looking for a book with the best tips on organization and minimizing clutter while maximizing space and efficiency in your home, this is an excellent resource. Author Barbara Reich is a true Type-A personality who organizes for a successful living. Her philosophy is simplicity and consistency room by room, and her system is simple: purge, design, organize, and maintain. In person she likes to get down to business (less talking, more organizing!), and her book is the same way - less fluff, just straightforward solutions. She begins with a brief chapter introducing her system, the "ten commandments of organizing," and tips on tools of the trade. Then, you are ready to transform your home. Each chapter deals with a different room/space of your home, which you can tackle spaces in any order. Furthermore, each chapter is broken down into smaller sections by common or troublesome items specific to that space, so Barbara does a thorough job taking every single area through her four-step process. From clothes to lighting, furniture to digital documents and pictures, and toys to toiletries used once a week or less, no object will be left unevaluated! Chapters cover the entryway and front closet, master bedroom, children's bedrooms and play areas, nursery, bathroom and linen closet, utility closet, kitchen and pantry, family and living rooms, home office, storage areas, and a bonus chapter on organizing for holidays. Every section is full of no-nonsense advice and appealing, workable solutions. Even if you don't take all her advice on minimizing, or have different decor ideas, you will greatly benefit from her thoughtful design and organization tips. Hardcover, 242 pages. - Steph

  • Item #: 019746
    ISBN: 9780553380842
    Retail: $17.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.71

    Many women today suffer from "unexplained" neck, back, and joint pain, and although they may take an abundance of pain-killers, visit a chiropractor regularly, or even see their doctor about this, it may not improve. Physical therapist Peggy Brill heard many complaints such as this in her practice, and it became her goal to find a way to help women with these problems. At the end of her searching and investigation the Core Program was developed. The Core Program is named for the groups of muscles on our torso; our abdominals, back muscles, neck muscles, and hip muscles. Peggy explains that these muscles stabilize our spinal cord, but when they become weakened, or one of a pair of opposing muscles becomes weakened, then they don't support the spinal cord properly, vertebral segments are not aligned properly, resulting in impaired nerve input to the muscles, which results in malfunctioning muscles, pain, and weakness. The solution to all of this? Doing exercises to strengthen our "core" muscles, tone our bodies, and end the aches and pains! Peggy has developed a series of exercises, designed to you to do 15 minutes each day that will help build and restore these muscles. She includes a self-test for you to perform, and rate the difficulty in holding a certain position. For any positions that may be uncomfortable, she pinpoints probable weak areas in your muscle structure. Depending on how easy or difficult this test is, you may spend a longer or shorter time working at the "Core Foundation" set of exercises, before moving on to the Intermediate Core, and then the Ultimate Core.

    Peggy guarantees many beneficial effects to working in these exercises each day. Core goals include releasing muscle tension, strengthening muscles, enhancing stamina and flexibility, restoring alignment, and reshaping your body. In addition, you're preventing future aches and pains, reducing the risk or relieving the symptoms of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, as well as reducing the chance of muscle injury as well as urinary tract infections. I know it sounds too good to be true, but I kept reading, and I read through the many, many contented, and even ecstatic responses to her program from women who have eliminated their everyday aches and pains, found more energy, feel healthier, and have lost inches from their hips and thighs as a result. The only catch is that you have to keep doing them, or else you'll eventually fall back into your old patterns. However, the exercises are easy to learn, and consist of a lot of stretching, and very simple but effective exercises that maximize results and primarily target those core muscles. Very quickly you'll have the routine down, and will be able to complete all the exercises in only 15 minutes. Obviously, even 15 minutes is a hard commodity to find in anyone's day, but if you have to, set the kids down with an educational video or something, and shut yourself in your room. There's no special equipment, no particular clothes you have to wear, you can do these exercises anywhere, and it's only after you reach the hard-core stage of the Ultimate Core that you'll have to use some 2-5 lb. ankle and hand weights. Besides the chapters on the exercises, Peggy also includes chapters on posture, a kind of "user's manual" to your musculoskeletal system, more science behind her program, her own story and how she developed the program, as well as motivation to get you working, and keep you to it. Now, I must admit I'm intrigued. Having recently taken up running, I've been working in abdominal exercises and some others as well, but I know I'm not isolating many other "core" muscles that she's talking about. I think I'm going to give this a try myself. I'm starting tomorrow - I'll let you know how it goes... - Jess

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

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    What happens when a child has a fascination with a particular animal, or a keen interest in a historical figure? Well, if that child is a homeschooler, you as her parent will most likely look for a way to turn that curiosity into a learning opportunity. One great way for students to "dig deeper" into subjects that interest them is to complete a unit study on that topic. Unit studies are great, you might say, but what do I do when my kids want to study Australian marsupials and I can't find a unit study on Australian marsupials? Never fear! This inexpensive software contains fill-in-the blank forms that will help you build your own unit study. The printable templates include space to draw or paste pictures pertaining to the subject, guide questions and spaces for recording important information on the topic, and a whole page for listing resources used, including: books read, web sites visited, videos / other media explored, and field trips taken. On this one CD-ROM you will find customizable Study Starters for dozens of topics including animal, architecture, artist, art style, astronomy, biography, bird, book, city, country, craft, dinosaur, element, fish, historical event, historical figure, holiday, insect, invention, machine, mineral, movie, musician, music style, object, plant, philosophy, poetry, performance, performance style, religion, recipe, scripture, simple animal, science method, scientist, sport, state and vehicle.

    An extensive introduction and "how to" section guide you through the process of creating a unit study and provide ideas on how to expand the study to encompass language arts and literature, mathematics, social studies and geography, science and nature, history, music and the arts, physical education and health, and religion/character. The author (a home school mom) offers a lot of personal experience, including frustrations with hard-to-locate resource material and solutions to this problem. You'll also learn how to tailor your unit study according to your target study time. Unlike ready-made unit studies, it's up to you and your child to decide how long to spend on a topic – whether it be a few weeks or a few months. Also, you'll find tips on how to adapt your unit study so that younger siblings can get in on the fun too.

    One of the great things about this program is that the entire Study Starter system is presented in PDF format, so you don't need to have a fancy computer, or use up lots of memory. All you need is a computer with a CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat (available for free online, if you don't already have it,) a printer and you are good to go! Internet access is helpful as a resource tool, but it is not absolutely necessary for creating a successful unit study. Best of all, the worksheets are re-printable, so you can use them again and again. As far as unit studies go, you simply will not find better value for your money than Study Starters. ~ Rachel P.