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  • Item #: 009088
    ISBN: 9781932012484
    Retail: $39.00
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    This book covers the nature of astronomy, the structures of the solar system (from the Sun to Pluto, including the moon and asteroids), stars, galaxies, and space travel. Some of the fun notebook assignments include making a mnemonic phrase, a comic strip, an advertisement, and writing a play. With interesting activities and projects including making a telescope, solar eclipse, craters, moon phases, and an astrometer, children are sure to remember the information they are learning.

  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
    Retail: $39.00
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    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess

  • Item #: 008211
    Retail: $49.99
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    ExploreOne Aries Telescope is an ideal beginner scope that is easy to use and includes a simple alt-azimuth mount (for separate horizontal and vertical rotation) and tripod for easier movement and focus. It offers a 50mm aperture (opening), a 600 mm focal length, and two eyepieces. The eyepieces are interchangeable for varied viewing. It also comes with a red dot finder for easy object location, astronomy software and a star map. The red dot finder allows the user to point the finder at the object to be viewed and then proceed to bring the object into focus.

  • Item #: 065532
    Retail: $9.99
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  • Item #: 044921
    Retail: $18.00
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    If you crossed a common, ordinary pocket microscope with a Swiss Army knife, you just might end up with the X-Scope. Truly the "Cadillac" of magnification tools, this handy little pocket-size 30x microscope also includes an 8x pull-out telescope, a 9x magnifying hand lens, a clock, a whistle, a compass and a flashlight! Ok, if you aren't bedazzled with all those extra features, you will definitely be impressed with the quality of magnification and the bright, sharp viewing provided by the LED bulb. Just flip the light switch, place the object you want to observe underneath, and look through the lens on the top. Compared to other pocket microscopes in our office, this one allowed us to see all those Asian beetles in our office in much more detail! Jess

  • Item #: 015101
    Retail: $14.99
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    Easily save your progress on a puzzle with this neat mat. Simply lay down the 24”x42” felt mat and assemble your puzzle (Up to 1500 pieces) on top. Need to stop or take a break? No problem! Simply roll your mat and puzzle around the included telescoping tube and secure with the included elastic straps. When you’re ready to work again, unroll and press pieces together. – Laura

  • Item #: 055586
    ISBN: 9780448479859
    Retail: $5.99
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  • Item #: 026968
    ISBN: 9781931397599
    Retail: $12.95
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    Trek across the U.S. with Lewis and Clark, encountering wild animals, Indians, landscapes, and vegetation through tons of fun art and writing activities! Students are encouraged to keep a journal and write selections similar to what Meriwether and William might have written, such as descriptions of plants, animals and places that had never been seen before by westerners, and poems and other short writing activities. A variety of art activities and crafts involve children in the journey: learn how to draw many different animals, make your own telescope and quill pen, discover some of America's great nature artists, and many other activities. Real passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark are interspersed throughout the pages and are the basis for each project. Related websites for further exploration are included, as well as a glossary of terms in the back. The revised and expanded Geography Matters version of the Visual Manna original. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 017302
    Retail: $54.99
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    One thing I really like about this beginner telescope is that it comes with an Activity Journal that walks students through how to use their telescope and gives them guided observations rather than just simply letting them explore once or twice and then they are tired of it. The MoonScope itself features two all-glass eyepieces, a focusing knob, and a short tripod. It magnifies from 18x to 90x with the aid of the 4mm and 20mm eyepieces. It also contains a red LED light to read reference material in the dark. The 22-page Activity Journal covers how to use and focus the MoonScope, which eyepiece to use when, the phases of the moon, taking a lunar tour, reading (and writing your own) myths about the moon, viewing the moon during the day, how to find major features on the moon, and searching for Saturn and Jupiter. The Activity Journal contains tips and instructions as well as areas to record observations and answer questions. As part of the Nancy B. Science Club series, the journal and aqua-and-purple design of the MoonScope are targeted to girls, but useable by any young student. – Jess

  • Item #: 008585
    Retail: $15.00
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  • Item #: 000458
    Retail: $22.50
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  • Item #: 025595
    ISBN: 9781438008295
    Retail: $6.99
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  • Item #: 025555
    ISBN: 9780756651572
    Retail: $22.99
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    Magnificent! - The first word that comes to my mind when looking at space. So much to see and understand, but where to begin? This DK Encyclopedia of Space is a beautiful, informative reference book, sure to answer your astronomy questions. This 300+ page book is divided into 6 sections observing the universe, exploring space, planets and moons, the stars, galaxies and beyond, and practical stargazing. Every section is packed with photos (some from the Hubble Space Telescope), illustrations, and information from how telescopes work to names of the constellations. An astronomy timeline lists significant astronomical events from 3000 BC to about 2000 AD, thumbnail biographies of famous astronomers, and a glossary of astronomy-related words is included at the back of the book. This book could be the ultimate astronomy reference book in your home or classroom. hc ~ Donna

  • Item #: 008212
    Retail: $139.99
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    The Aurora is my favorite from the ExploreOne series. The aperture of 4 ½ inches on this 114mm telescope is designed for deep sky viewing. With a focal length of 500 mm and two Plossl (also known as symmetrical eyepiece) eyepieces, this reflector model allows the user to view galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. It also comes with a fully adjustable metal tripod, a red dot finder for locating coveted celestial targets, and astronomy software. We set this telescope up in our office and had an opportunity to play with it. Once set up, we were able to focus on a variety of objects, and the view was clear and crisp.

  • Item #: 003770
    ISBN: 9781594761669
    Retail: $8.95
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  • Item #: 003755
    ISBN: 9781594761782
    Retail: $6.45
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  • Item #: 074280
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $51.00

    Build 50 construction projects, like the mobile telescopic crane and a huge bridge crane. 250+ pieces. Download an extra manual from dedicated website for even more projects.

  • Item #: 071286
    ISBN: 9780635126078
    Retail: $12.99
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  • Item #: 067932
    Retail: $8.99
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     These fun building packs include a 2.5” figure along with pieces to build accessories. Build Marissa’s Turtle Tour booth, Hailey’s star gazing telescope and campsite, or Jess’s drum set and chalkboard. Each character has an accompanying animal friend too! Note: These sets are not compatible with other K’nex sets. – Laura

  • Item #: 067033
    Retail: $19.99
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     Bring the stars indoors with the Constellation and Solar System Explorer. The Explorer uses 3 AAA batteries (not included) to display constellations, planets, sun, and moon on your ceiling or wall. View constellations in three different formats: the stars as you would see them in the night sky (celestial), connected, and illustrated (an imposed illustration of what the constellations are supposed to be). A book is included with stories of the constellations and fun facts. The plastic projector is 22cm in length and sets on an adjustable tripod. Just turn and click the telescope projector to view the phenomena of space. 

  • Item #: 066631
    ISBN: 9781426217852
    Retail: $12.99
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  • Item #: 065950
    Retail: $11.95
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    This is the redesigned version of the original Rookie Racer. It has all the strength, speed, power, building and cost effectiveness of the original version. Measuring only 2.62”x 2.17” x 2.40”, this is the least expensive option in the OWI mini line.

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  • Item #: 063805
    Retail: $23.07
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       Pip-Squeaks might be small, but their (color) punch is mighty. Clever telescoping marker tower is both functional and fun. Store all 50 washable markers in the 6” round by 4.5” tall clear plastic tower when closed or pull open to an 8” high three-tier masterpiece allowing a clear view and reach of all 50 different colors when it’s time to create! ~ Emily

  • Item #: 062799
    ISBN: 9781628737745
    Retail: $14.95
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    These are not your little brother's projects! Based upon a collection of projects compiled from the editors of Popular Mechanics in the early 1900s, these projects are for the serious craftsman. At a time when precision and labor were of utmost importance, the authors of this text have taken care to provide step-by-step instructions and detailed black and white illustrations. Provide the boys and men in your life with the methods and techniques to create a quality, handcrafted piece. Projects include: a guitar, catapult, miniature volcano, telescope, phonograph, hammock, aquarium, canoe, a variety of animal traps, sleds, igloos, optical illusions, 'old time magic,' and much more. A treasured resource for multigenerational learning for the men in your family and a delightful way to preserve a time in history when precision and care were integral to our way of life. 187 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 061964
    ISBN: 9780745956275
    Retail: $17.95
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    You probably know about the famous men of astronomy from your science and history books, but do you know the truth about them and all of the others who paved the way for modern-day astronomy? This book covers from 1500 to 1700 and the strides that were made, beginning to end, and the people who made them – not just the ones you have heard of. People of that period were on a quest to discover and prove facts about astronomy and the universe: math, logic and technology being key to accurate discoveries. This 440-page, softcover book will take you chronologically through the astronomical renaissance and show (with some pictures and illustrations) how thinking changed from one theory to another as astronomers were proven to be right or wrong. You will read how famous men fit into the sequence with many others who were on the same path. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 061963
    ISBN: 9780825429415
    Retail: $25.99
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    At just about any home school convention in the 1980’s or 1990’s, you would be able to attend a workshop or main session on creation vs. evolution, and more specifically, why young earth creation (the universe being something less than 10,000 years old) was the correct belief. The home school market has been dominated by young earth speakers and books. While there is evidence to support this view, a young earth is not the only possibility for a created universe. Indeed, in centuries gone by, theologians from the Christian church tended to believe in old earth creationism. This book gives us a broad overview of some of the aspects of the debate and looks at evidence presented by various factions during different eras, with their relative strengths and weaknesses. Not even the co-authors agree. Mark Rooker is a young-earth creationist, while Kenneth Keathley leans toward old earth creationism.

    Part of the debate hinges on looking at scientific evidence in light of biblical and religious understanding. The first few chapters of the book are devoted to summarizing the primary beliefs and theories that are held, both scientific and religious, ancient and modern, Christian and non-Christian. I liked a couple of points that the authors made here. In the Genesis account of creation, God states several times that His creation “was good,” with the summary statement in Gen. 1:31 of “it was very good.” Compare this to Eastern religions that consider the physical world to be an illusion, or that the physical world is something to avoid or escape from. The authors also make the point that whether a person comes down on the side of creation or evolution depends on his view of design vs. age; if one believes that the universe is well-designed, he tends to believe in creation, but if one believes that the universe is very old, he tends to believe in evolution.

    While the first part of the book lays out the basic beliefs, the rest of the book is divided into five parts that get into more specific issues. Part 2 delves more deeply into the creation account in Genesis 1 & 2. Part 3 discusses possible meanings of the days of creation. With that background, Part 4 delves into questions about the age of the earth and evidences for them. Next comes a section on the Fall and the Flood. The last section deals with evolution and intelligent design.

    I must say that parts of the book presented evidence that conflicted with my point of view. I believe this will be true no matter what your point of view may be, since the goal of the authors is to discuss the evidence for the various theories, not to promote any specific one. I applaud their ability to openly discuss evidence and to be honest about the fact that not all evidence supports any one theory. This reminded me of a presentation I attended some years ago by a woman who is an astrophysicist working for NASA on the Hubble Telescope project. She said of evolution/old earth creationism/new earth creationism debate that at one time or another, she had personally been in all three camps. This book will broaden your horizons to the scope of the debate and give you a good handle on its main ideas. 430 pgs, sc. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 061215
    Retail: $12.99
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    Since the beginning of the 20th century, discoveries about the universe have spurred a plethora of questions about man’s existence, the universe’s formation, and even God himself. Enter the “conversation” as scientists discuss these “big issues” of the Universe in this in-depth documentary. Much emphasis is placed on world views: their influence on the formation and reaction to scientific theories. Beginning with the history of astronomy and the development of modern day science, the discussion examines the uniqueness and mystery of our solar system and universe. Theories are well-explained with video, narration, interview segments and animation. The documentary includes two length options: 55 and 35 minutes. The material is also accessible by chapters: Take off Into Space; Cosmology and Worldview; How the Universe is Explored; How the Universe Began; Finetuning of the Universe; Earth, A Special Planet; Are We Alone in the Universe?; and Searching for an Explanation.

    As a bonus, 40 minutes of interviews focusing on the potential and limitations of natural sciences are included. These interviews would be great to show at the introduction of high school science classes since the scientists themselves discuss their interpretation of scientific goals (what it is and isn’t and when it is applicable to life and when it isn’t) and how the scientific process affects other areas of life. Well done. From Vision Video. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 061053
    ISBN: 9781465435019
    Retail: $9.99
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  • Item #: 057860
    ISBN: 9780890517604
    Retail: $47.98
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  • Item #: 053565
    ISBN: 9781512411812
    Retail: $7.99
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