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  • Item #: 060813
    ISBN: 9781601445070
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  • Item #: 028189
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    This edition of Brain Builders includes 40 puzzle cards and 20 planks with simplified designs for little ones to recreate. Promotes critical thinking and fine motor skills. Includes zippered carrying case. – Laura

  • Item #: 018308
    ISBN: 9780894558856
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    At such an early age, mathematical reasoning begins with simple activities such as distinguishing between even or odd amounts and learning the ordinal numbers. The authors suggest working through this activity book page by page. The content spirals, which gives your child time to "digest" new concepts before moving on to more complex material. This series is correlated to the NCTM standards and accordingly incorporates topics such as patterns, number lines, graphs, fractions, probability, and problem solving, as well as basic addition and subtraction skills. The full-color activity sheets should especially appeal to the younger student. Not only are the illustrations eye-catching, but they do an excellent job of demonstrating mathematical representations and relationships. Although manipulatives are not required, a link to a virtual manipulative website is provided in case additional concrete-level reinforcement is needed. A wide variety of exercises and activities are utilized to keep your child both interested and motivated. For instance, Thinker Doodles and Mind Benders activities from parent company Critical Thinking are scattered throughout. 200+ pages. ~ Anh
  • Item #: EBBS7S
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    Includes:
    The Study Bundle includes three softcover books: a full-color textbook, a lab notebook with experiments and a teacher's manual.

    The publisher, Gravitas Publications, also offers several correlating digital products for this bundle which are not included in our set. These include quizzes, a study notebook and lesson plans. The Lesson plans may be requested from the publisher after purchase, and quizzes may be purchased for $15.

  • Item #: 069825
    ISBN: 9780321567918
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    For grades 7-9, this softcover textbook introduces the basic concepts of physical science: mechanics, forms of energy, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. The book is divided into 34 chapters and each includes very readable text in short sections, colorful graphics, "Explore!" (experiments), Concept Checks (questions with answers), and a chapter review (no answers). Appendices include measurement and unit conversion, linear and rotational motion, working with vector components, exponential growth and doubling time, and safety. The glossary will help with new vocabulary. This book is 888 pages.

    We are carrying just the student text, which is the required text for the Physical Science Explorations Self-Study Online Course from Conceptual Academy (#069872).

  • Item #: 068032
    ISBN: 9780936110097
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      How do you teach a child to follow directions? Practice. Practice. Practice. In this case, 50 creative practice activities that will save you (the teacher/parent) loads of time. While following directions may be more of a life skill, than a book-learned skill, these activities build critical listening (aka active listening.) The pages are pretty much scripted for you. Let the kids know they have to listen to play; students cannot ask you to repeat yourself over and over. You may need some basic props (such as crackers or paperclips) and an occasional simple worksheet, but the students will only need a pencil (maybe crayons), paper, scissors and a ruler. Tell them they can only react once you have read the entire direction. No jumping in too soon! The activities really look fun to me! I would have loved this as a student. It would work in small groups as well as classrooms (the target audience.) You can also adapt this for 1 or 2 students. Sometimes they will be at their desk with paper, other times the activities are more physical. Either way, the kids will be on the edge of their seats awaiting your directions! sc, 110pp. ~ Sara

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

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 060812
    ISBN: 9781601448842
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    The quality of Critical Thinking Press is now in a test preparation product. Algebra Test Prep and Review is arranged topically, so you only review the concepts you need or want. Important topics from algebra 1 and algebra 2 are set up in units and each unit is rounded out with a summary of those topics and a practice quiz. Units cover algebra basics and include factoring, radicals, exponents, graphing, linear equations, quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, conics, logarithms, determinants, matrices, and more. Each topic is defined and clear examples given, along with a thorough explanation of any information connected to that topic. There are no exercises for practice, just the quizzes at the end of each unit. The pages are perforated for easier copying for family, classroom and repeated review of topics. Use this great test prep product for help with homework, review, or extra practice on key algebraic concepts. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 056095
    ISBN: 9781601444554
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    If you're looking for a "quick and done" computer instruction course, you may want to keep looking. However, if you want a series of lesson plans for "walking" your student through projects that interest her and which are a bit "showy," learning computer research, storage, word processing skills, and presentation programs along the way, then you've come to the right place. Starting with activities that assess computer usage knowledge, assess personal interests, and then select a high-interest (to him) topic may seem odd for a technology book but (as is typical with Critical Thinking Co. books) the goal is much broader than just experiencing various computer projects and completing meaningless mini-projects. Your student will be actively invested in "her" project, you will have lots of step-by-step help in covering various programs on both PCs and Macs, and the end result will be projects that encourage the presentation of information and communication with peers (i.e. essential leadership skills). Computer coverage includes: PC and Mac filing basics, word processing (MS Word, Mac Pages, Open Office Writer), presentation software (MS PowerPoint, Mac Keynote, Open Office Impress), movie-making software (Windows Live Movie Maker, iMovie, Photo Story 3 for Windows) and animation software (Scratch). Reproducibles include project outlines, project contracts, assessments, rubrics, and informational handouts on various software programs. Each of the nine activities are outlined for the teacher and include key skills, guiding questions, materials needed (always includes a computer/laptop with one of software options), preparation, procedures, presentations, closure, and assessment. 74 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 052042
    ISBN: 9781601444530
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    Geometry isn't treated with the intensity in middle school, in many cases, for high school success in the subject. This book follows the National Math Standards and presents an introduction to the basics of geometry. Students won't just learn the properties of geometry, but will learn the reasoning behind the properties and learn the basics of geometric proofs and coordinate geometry. A glossary is included in this 256-page book that can be used as a text in junior high and it is reproducible for family or classroom use.

  • Item #: 022555
    ISBN: 9780965326353
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    An excellent resource! This book was designed especially for students before they begin high school. The subtitle is "Stuff You Need to Know, and Mistakes You Need to Stop Making, Before You Step Foot into High School." It's an awesome book designed to ensure students know some relatively basic facts before they hit high school. For example, they should know the order of the planets, most of the more familiar presidents (although if they want to learn them all, they can do that here too), a basic timeline of world and U.S. events, how to find the diameter, radius and circumference of a circle, how to make subjects and verbs agree in sentences, at least five major artists and musicians, and the most famous works of some of the most famous authors in history. It sounds like a lot of information - and it is - but this book is in no way overwhelming. It is very non-threatening, with only about 70 pages including the introduction and other informational pages. The size isn't the only thing that is non-threatening -the text is written in very personable, often entertaining style from an author who doesn't want to bore students or surround them with long definitions, but really wants them to learn the basics to create a good foundation for their more advanced schooling. He speaks not in a know-it-all tone, but in a this-is-great-stuff-to-know manner. The book starts at the very broadest of issues, the universe, and works its way down to the smaller things like individual topics and famous people. Each topic is usually presented on a two-page spread, although some (like World History) take up a little more space. Here is a sampling of the spread and type of knowledge given on each topic, using the universe pages as an example. A column on the left side of the pages gives a brief overview to what we can know about the universe, and then we move on to "stuff you should know about your universe." This section provides a basic yet in depth summary of the universe, with important terms in bold. These bolded terms are Earth, the Solar System, star, galaxy, Milky Way, cluster, and light year. Enough information is given to students about each of them to give them a basic knowledge and understanding, sufficient but not enough to write a research paper about. The right hand page covers constellations, good terms to know such as black holes, nebula, and supernova, and finally a small section titled "Don't Make These Mistakes Anymore!" which tells students the difference between astronomy and astrology, what exactly a light year is (it is not a measure of time, but a distance), that the Earth and other planets revolve around the sun, which moves with the entire galaxy as it turns and moves through space, and what exactly an astronomical unit is. This same format (although it varies by topic) is used throughout the book to provide students with an excellent base for further learning. I know this is kind of a long list, but I want you to be able to see how complete this book actually is, so here is the table of contents: the Universe, the Solar System, Earth, Continents and Oceans, Countries and Cities, Islands and Mountains, Lakes and Rivers, U.S. Geography, Canadian Geography, World History, American History, U.S. Presidents, Canadian History, Math, Science, Writing and Grammar, Art and Music History, Literature, Major Religions, Languages, People, and Life and Miscellaneous. I think every pre-highschooler should definitely have access to and read a copy of this book, as well as any high school student or even beyond who would enjoy keeping a copy of the basics around. By the same author as 500 Keywords for the SAT, and How to Remember Them Forever and 100 Math Tips for the SAT, and How to Master Them Now! - Melissa

  • Item #: 020660
    ISBN: 9781580897242
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    The Sir Cumference series now has a companion book. Sir Cumference Classroom Activities offers 35 activities to connect math to this book series. The artwork, story references, and problem-solving strategies found in the Sir Cumference books are reinforced in the activities of this book. Some of the activities include story mapping, graphing, mazes and codes, and making animals of the kingdom using Tangram pieces. Students practice with shapes, basic operations, fractions, graphing, matching, diameter, circumference, area, perimeter, length, and triangles. Critical thinking strategies are practiced through observing, classifying, and sequencing. Now this series has even more to offer as students can do hands-on math activities while reading books they really enjoy. Reproducible for classroom use.~ Donna

  • Item #: 014902
    ISBN: 9780671212094
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    Why did nobody tell me about this book before now??? Even just the first few chapters lifted loads from my shoulders and helped me understand so much about my reading. Did you know that we read for three basic reasons? For entertainment, information and understanding. If reading for understanding is your goal, the author of this book will take you by the hand and open the world of books up for you. There are levels to reading which you will learn about: elementary (basic reading), inspectional (skimming systematically), analytical (best and most complete reading given an unlimited amount of time), and syntopical (comparative reading through many different sources). While focusing mainly on analytical reading, this book will encourage you to take your reading level beyond elementary, (which is where many people are stuck), and to progress on to the fantastic and ever so rewarding heights of the higher levels of reading. Then be taught techniques to reading different types of books including practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science, mathematics, philosophy and social sciences. Included in Appendix A is a list of recommended reading books. I would buy the whole book just for this list; it is that helpful! While moms and dads will also want to read this book, I think it will be particularly helpful for teens as well. Progressing through high school, studying for exams, getting my teeth into classics and learning about things which interest me would all have been enhanced had I read this book long ago! This 1940 classic by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren is now brought to you in a revised, updated, and expanded version. Enjoy and be stretched! 426 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 014217
    ISBN: 9780894559112
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    A brand new starting point for the Building Thinking Skills series, the Beginning course is intended for children ages 3 and 4. Pages are brightly colored and uncluttered, with exercises that look fun for kids this age to do. Basic skills covered include colors, similarities and differences, geometric shapes, inference, measurement, problem solving, and analogies. At a deeper level, two pages at the beginning show which exercises relate to physiological development and cognitive skills such as visual tracking, auditory processing, and fine motor skills development, among others. If you were to find an area that needs attention, you could focus on the exercises on these page numbers. No manipulatives are required with this book; however, some of the exercises show geometric shapes that look like attribute blocks. It would be easier and more fun for the student to have these available during the lesson, and if you go on to Building Thinking Skills Primary, you will need them anyway. sc, 218 pgs.

  • Item #: 013919
    ISBN: 9780894557927
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    If your child already has a basic understanding of analogies but still needs to work on the more complex aspects and needs practice, this book is for you. It contains 10 child-friendly lessons with examples that explain how to do the assigned worksheets. Each lesson comes with worksheets that get progressively harder to enhance skill development. The lessons in this book are entitled Seeing Relationships, Classifying Word Pairs, What is an Analogy? Clues to Reading Analogies, Classifying Analogies, Classification Analogies, Comparative Analogies, Descriptive Analogies, Completing Analogies, and Writing Analogies. The book also includes an Analogies Game to add some fun and assist in learning. ~ Rachel S.
  • Item #: 009869
    ISBN: 9780618118687
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    This Nextext curriculum offers a basic, concise, authoritative and accessible introduction to the sociological process. Students examine the history of sociology and its three major theories: functionalism, interactionism and conflict theory. In addition, students will learn about groups and individuals, social inequality, and change in society—in that order.

    The 16 chapters in the Student Course book include (in addition to the chapter reading) several features which enhance learning: a Sociologist’s Perspective demonstrating concepts; differences Across Cultures; facts and statistics; key research and a focus on US culture. Chapter summaries and vocabulary lists further aid retention.

    For each chapter, the Teacher Resource Manual provides objectives, vocabulary, background, further resources, discussion questions (which encourage review and critical thinking) and activities. In addition, you’ll find reproducible Study Guides, Vocabulary Quizzes and Tests with multiple choice and essay questions (and all answers). The TM mentions supplemental material available on the Nextext web site. However, at the writing of this review, this site was no longer available. The course can be taught well without these supplements, but both course book and teacher manual are needed. Would be considered 1 credit at the middle school level and 1 credit at the high school level (although only introductory if your student is pursuing further education in the social sciences). Student-7.5” x 9.25”, 352 pp, hc. Teacher-8.375” x 10.75”, 102pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 009281
    ISBN: 9781586093655
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    What makes this series meaty enough to be considered for gifted education? The units were written by the College of William & Mary specifically for Project Clarion. The Project Clarion Science Units introduce young ones to science concepts, processes, and overarching concepts in a hands-on, inquiry approach which allows children to build their knowledge and skills as they explore and play their way through organized information.

    You're probably wondering about Project Clarion, what it is, and why it is important. The College of William and Mary received a research grant from the Department of Education for a five-year study, with the goal of enhancing science concept development among the K-3 group. The subjects of the curriculum they developed are: basic concepts in the world of science, overarching or macro concepts (change is the concept in this series), knowledge of selected topics in science, science process skills, critical thinking skills, creative thinking, curiosity and interest in science. Children will learn about scientific method in age-appropriate terms and learn to apply the method just as a real scientist would.

    Each science unit is divided into two parts. The first part of each unit includes an introduction, instructions for using the unit, grading rubrics, glossary, teacher notes, and resources. "What is a Scientist?" by B. Lehn is required for the four units listed here, along with others which are listed below. Section 2 includes 12 to 15 lessons which have been tested in over 40 classrooms and cover science in the areas of earth science, life science, and physical science. The first two lessons in each unit are much the same ("What is a Scientist?" "What is Change?") and lesson content is similar in each of them, but include slight variations. Pre- and Post-assessments are included in each unit along with reproducible activity pages and appendices which include materials lists, tables, and reference material.

    These units are definitely for children who have a bent for learning and for parents who want to meet their gifted child at an appropriate level. These expansive studies are challenging and thought-provoking while being fun and interactive. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006150
    ISBN: 9781601445780
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      This colorful, straightforward instructional workbook from The Critical Thinking Company eliminates much of the “stuff” and the “fluff” found in many other phonics and early reading programs and focuses on individual letter sounds and how they are represented as letters. You won’t find pages of teacher tips and background here, just one introductory page and one teaching suggestion page, and then you’re off and running to the activities. Similar in format to Mathematical Reasoning, Fun-Time Phonics is softcover, with several exercises per activity page, brief instructions to the teacher, and full-color illustrated graphics.

      There are 100 activities, or short lessons, in the book. The first seven lay the foundation by asking the student to identify beginning sounds, ending sounds, and rhyming words. Activities 6 and 7 challenge them to identify the three letter sounds in a word and to match that with the correct picture. Starting in Activity 8, students learn the short vowel sounds and identify pictures of words that contain that sound. Before moving on to the consonant sounds, students complete activities such as identifying a word out of a set of three that includes a different vowel sound than the other two, or swapping out one vowel sound for another in a word to create a new word. After students learn the five short vowel sounds, they learn the written vowel letters. One feature in the vowel portion of the book that threw me for a loop, however, was the depiction of a short ‘/ǎ/’ sound as ‘/ah/’ next to words like, “cat.” Most phonics programs are quite clear to teachers to take care when pronouncing the vowel and consonant sounds to not include other sounds (say ‘/b/,’ not ‘/buh/’). At first glance, you will want to read the ‘/ah/’ as the /a/ in “father.” Personally, I would probably just ignore these additional ‘h’s or cross them out and add a short vowel symbol as a reminder. Fortunately, as these only occur on the teacher instructions, it shouldn’t confuse your students as long as your pronunciation is clear. Lesson 20 moves on to consonant sounds, starting with ‘b’ and moving alphabetically through ‘z.’ As children learn each consonant, the consonant sound is blended with each of the short vowels, so they are learning to distinguish ‘da,’ ‘de,’ ‘di,’ ‘do,’ and ‘du’ with the letter D right off the bat. This may be a real benefit to students who are confused about how to blend the individual letter sounds together after learning them in isolation. The last five lessons ask the student to connect a picture with the beginning letters, ending letters and middle vowel wounds, stressing the letter representation of the sound. The last two activities ask children to read three-letter CVC words and identify a matching picture. At the end of the book you’ll find a double-sided sheet with short-vowel words that children should be able to decode at this point, such as ‘doll, ‘hen’ and ‘yum.’

      This approach would work well with logical children who do not need additional reinforcement activities or motivators in the form of games or songs. It may also work well for remedial students, or those who did not learn phonics initially. It’s simple to teach, but with an emphasis on identifying letter sounds, you will want to work apart from other distractions and enunciate the words very clearly as you work through the pages with your student.  Although students are led to associate the written letters with the sounds, there are no writing activities featured in the book. However, it is suggested in the beginning that if the student is older or able to write, you may consider having them write the answers under the exercises. For additional enforcement (and writing activities) you might consider a workbook like Explode the Code Book 1. You may also want to note that no sight words are covered in this volume. If you want to jump ahead to some very basic short-vowel readers, you will need to introduce any sight words in that reader. I’m assuming that a second book will be released as a follow-up which will introduce long vowel sounds. The book is reproducible for your student/classroom use, which makes an affordable resource even more budget-friendly if you use it with multiple children. 314 pages, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 004572
    ISBN: 9781622236992
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    A language arts workbook that's fun? SOLD! The variety of activities here accommodates different learning abilities: magic squares, twisted words, palindromes, acrostics, rhymes & jumbles. Each activity comes on a single, perforated page for ease of use. Topics covered include spelling, vocabulary, compound words, and loads more. I especially like the pages with the license plates! For example, you are given something like 5 FPV 031 or DLK 111 and come up with some silly inferred meaning for the letters/numbers (such as Five For Perfect Volume 31 or Dad's Little Kids x3). The magic squares take a lot of critical thinking skills to complete! It provides a good mix of challenges and is nice to use for warm-ups, early finishers or children waiting their turn with Mom or Dad. Reproducible for classroom/home use only. Answers in the back, 46 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 004365
    ISBN: 9780890517116
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  • Item #: 003589
    ISBN: 9780825137709
    Retail: $26.00
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    Have your children's interests been piqued by all the "It's the Economy, Stupid" discussions revolving around the Presidential scandal? I didn't think so, but if you want a short course that will teach them about the workings of our economy anyway, here it is. This student worktext explains basic economic theory, discusses how the economy effects our lives, touches on our relationship with the economy of the world, and explores consumer economics. Economic concepts presented include Supply and Demand; The Stock Market; Money and Banking; Credit, Debt, and Savings; Inflation, Recession, and Depression; Taxation; The Role of Government Spending and Borrowing; and The Interaction of Business, Labor, and Government. The text is interactive, with questions for students to respond to quesas they read. The questions and exercises are well-conceived and thought-provoking, helping students think critically and develop an understanding of how the concepts presented apply to their lives. A chapter on The Economy and You brings it even closer to home, covering personal and family finance. Includes an assessment test, answers, and a glossary. This course will take 9 weeks or so to complete.

  • Item #: 003486
    ISBN: 9781601445001
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    Young children will appreciate this hands-on approach to developing analytic thinking skills via an exploration of shapes, colors, and patterns. The activities require three types of manipulatives: attribute blocks, pattern blocks, and interlocking (or multilink) cubes. Like the Building Thinking Skills program, activities cover four key areas: Similarities and Differences, Sequences, Classifications, and Analogies. Simple activity instructions appear at the top of each page as a basic guideline for the teacher. The activity book itself is approximately 250 pages. Manipulatives are not included. Required manipulatives for this program are as follows: A) Pattern Blocks – set of 100 in six colors and shapes (triangle, trapezoid, rhombus (2 types), hexagon, square); B) Interlocking Cubes – set of 100 (plastic cubes that link on all sides, 10 cubes of 10 different colors); C) Attribute Blocks – set of 60 (pieces come in 5 shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle, hexagon), 3 colors (red, blue, yellow), 2 sizes (large, small), 2 thicknesses). ~ Anh
  • Item #: 003171
    ISBN: 9781601264664
    Retail: $49.99
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    A thoroughly Christian test prep course from Dr. James Stobaugh now in a completely revised and enhanced version. If your child plans to take the SAT test (or the ACT), this combination devotional, literature study, critical reading and thinking tutorial, composition practice, and test prep course is too good to pass up! It not only builds disciplined study skills in your child as he prepares for the SAT and exposes him to “classic” foundational literature, but disciples your child as well with a daily Bible study regimen that prepares him for Christian life on the college campus and beyond. This sends the sure message that daily Christian training should never take a back seat to the training of the intellect. The course consists of 150 lessons that can be completed over the course of one, two, or three years. Using the 3-year plan (which the author highly recommends), students complete one lesson per week the first year, two lessons/week the second year, and three lessons/week the third year. Under the 2-year plan, students complete three lessons per week both years. The one-year “crash course” plan has students work at the rate of one lesson/day. The 3-year plan is preferable, making it possible for your student to consume many more of the referenced literature selections. In case you’re wondering why literature is such as integral part of the course, in Dr. Stobaugh’s words, “Reading good books is the single best preparation for the SAT verbal section.”

    The three main components of the course are: the daily devotion, reading and vocabulary exercises, and math, verbal, and writing exercises. Each lesson begins with a Scripture quotation and reference that can be used as the daily devotional on lesson days. The scripture is followed by the introduction to a book to be read, or a narrative excerpt or a short essay correlated to the basic theme of the lesson, followed by a thought-provoking question. Next is devotional journal time. It is suggested that students using this course spend 30 minutes/day at devotions. A reproducible form, providing an outline for this activity, is included in the appendix. Students who are using the 2- or 3-year plans should choose from one of the targeted scriptures provided in the appendix, or select their own Scripture for meditation on days between lessons. Reading and vocabulary activities come next. It is recommended that students read an average of 30-50 pages per day. Although not mandatory, I would guess that they would want to first read the selections mentioned in the lessons, since their interest in these would probably be piqued. Just looking at the course, it seems that it would be difficult to read all of the selections referred to, especially for students beginning the course in the 10th or 11th grades.

    The author includes a bibliography representing a “comprehensive cross-section of good literature” in the appendix. These were chosen with an eye to selections made by Christian and public colleges in their literature studies and grouped for 9th/10th graders and for 11th graders. You are also free to substitute any titles with ones of your own choosing, though, again, I would guess students would want to read ones referenced in the lessons. Vocabulary words for study are often taken from these works, as well. Students are instructed to make up vocabulary cards for words presented in the lesson as well as unfamiliar words in their reading. A suggested format for these is supplied in the appendix. Lessons continue with Critical Reading passages (and questions) and Critical Thinking questions, usually related to the theme of the lesson. Every fourth lesson includes a writing assignment, again based on the theme of the most recent series of lessons. The writing assignments include all forms of writing. Lessons also contain problems to solve in preparation for the math portion of the SAT test. A kind of “last thought” for the lesson appears in the sidebar. Many of these are test-taking hints and tips for the SAT. Others are meaningful quotations or further literary introductions. These latter are usually tied to the theme of the lesson as established by the Scripture.

    A complete answer key is provided at the end of the lessons. In addition to answers for the objective questions, there are sample essays of each type assigned – very helpful in understanding the nature of the assignment. The useful Appendices include items previously mentioned plus a bibliography of critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies and a meaty section titled “Remedy for College Admission Essays Jitters”. This section includes essential information for the Christian student on surviving and thriving in a secular college setting as well as a collection of 50 sample college admission essays.

    Compared to other SAT preparation courses we carry (Cracking the SAT and Kaplan’s Guide to the SAT), this course has a totally different “feel” emphasizing long-term academic, spiritual, and mental preparation rather than intense test-taking strategy and content review. This course seems more heavily weighted toward the Verbal and Writing part of the SAT, so students might want to supplement with 100 SAT Math Tips and How to Master Them Now! or consult the Cracking the SAT book for additional test-taking strategies and tips. They should also follow Dr. Stobaugh’s advice and take a practice SAT test every two months during this time. A good source for these practice tests is the 10 Real SATs book or those included with other SAT prep books. These tests provide annotated answers (detailed explanations about why a particular answer is the correct choice). That being said, this is a quality, well-designed course that will prepare students both for challenges in college and for their daily walk as Christians. 425 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 072906
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $29.50

    The explorers from the Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert are in for a truly electrifying experience! Played in the same style as the aforementioned games, Forbidden Sky takes players to a mysterious floating platform as an electrical storm rages around them. Each turn, players move and reveal a “platform tile” to an adjacent space. These tiles have a variety of symbols on them: circuits, capacitors, lightning rods. Additionally, gears, teleporters, wind shelters, and Faraday Cages provide other benefits to players located on that tile. After each player takes his or her turn, they reveal Storm Cards. These cards inflict a variety of dangerous effects on players, such as pushing them across the map (and damaging their rope in the process), causing lightning to strike (injuring players), changing wind direction, and intensifying the ever-deadly storm.

    The goal is to find the Launch Pad and escape by connecting the Rocket to lightning rods and capacitors. Lightning rods and capacitors are built by connecting like-symbols on tiles; they can then be attached to the launch pad via “wires” forming a complete circuit from one half of the launch pad – through the lightning rods and capacitors – to the other half of the Launch Pad. When this circuit is complete, the Rocket lights up. But remember: all players must be on the launch pad when the Rocket lifts off, or at least one explorer will be eating lightning for breakfast! Additionally, if a player dies, breaks their rope, or the storm becomes too intense, all players lose. If you like the cooperative challenge of the other games in the Forbidden series, don’t miss out on this exciting entry! For 2-5 players. ~ 60-minute playtime.

  • Item #: 072903
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    This colorful bug puzzle is a fun brainteaser for kids. Flip and position the plastic semi-circle pieces in the bug tray to match the challenge card. Each piece has a different color on each side and fits in one of three rings on the circular bug tray. Includes 40 challenge cards. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 064966
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $32.95

    This game combines wooden nesting boxes with classic bouncy balls to create an open-ended game the whole family can enjoy together. With a game suggestion on the side of each box, such as bouncing the ball on two boxes before landing it in a third or bouncing it off one box, over a stack of three, and into the box on the other side, you’ll soon be inspired to create your own challenge courses. Families can challenge each other to do more difficult arrangements as everyone works on critical thinking, eye-hand coordination and spatial reasoning, while having a lot of fun! Includes 8 bouncy balls and 8 different sized boxes.

  • Item #: 038893
    Retail: $26.99
    Rainbow Price: $24.25

    Encourage critical thinking skills with this logic puzzle that grows with children. The rules are easy: choose your puzzle, orient the game board, and place the little pigs (and big bad wolf with the 'night puzzles') to match the pictured challenge. Place the 3 puzzle pieces on the game board so that the houses fit over the pigs, but not the wolf - he must stay outside! 48 puzzles increase in difficulty from Learner to Master. Solutions are provided. Includes hardcover, wordless picture book of the Three Little Pigs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 028814
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.50
    This mini version of Quiddler has 59 cards (half as many as the full size game) and can be played by 2 to 4 players. The object is to have the highest score after playing all 4 rounds. The cards are printed with the letters from A to Z along with some special double-letter cards. Each card has a point value, which can add up to a big win.
  • Item #: 053425
    ISBN: 9789814736282
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.20

  • Item #: 000114
    ISBN: 9781601441508
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.99