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  • Item #: 068704
    ISBN: 9781543083972
    Retail: $34.50
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  • Item #: 068492
    ISBN: 9781544924151
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  • Item #: 068491
    ISBN: 9781543012774
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  • Item #: 068487
    ISBN: 9781537392370
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  • Item #: 068703
    ISBN: 9781536914443
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  • Item #: 068484
    ISBN: 9781541357143
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  • Item #: 068702
    ISBN: 9781539610519
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  • Item #: 068488
    ISBN: 9781537570310
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  • Item #: 068490
    ISBN: 9781537078212
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  • Item #: 068489
    ISBN: 9781539605157
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  • Item #: 068486
    ISBN: 9781530092352
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  • Item #: 068485
    ISBN: 9781519517272
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  • Item #: 053850
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    Explore math concepts in a fun, unique way with the Tree Blocks Math Kit! This set contains 66 rustic blocks cut from tree limbs in sizes from 1 cm to 12 cm, a stand with cm ruler (hewn from wood) 2 number dice, 1 color die, and about 90 activity cards. A few other cards included in the set offer tips for use, a materials list, and NCTM standards supported by the activities in this set. There are three levels of activity cards – level 1 is appropriate for PK/K, level 2 for 1st/2nd, and level 3 for 3rd/4th. Some activities require items found around your home, such as a plastic bucket, plastic cups, paper plates, colored sticky dots (like you would use for marking items in a garage sale), chart paper, bucket balance, etc. Adaptation of the activities can make them usable for multiple age groups with practice in the areas of measurement, data analysis & probability, geometry, algebra, and number & operations. Some activities include finding similar weights of the blocks, playing a matching game, measuring blocks, and find a missing number. Some activities may seem simplistic, but all work to instill math or pre-math concepts. Cut from tree limbs, these blocks aren't uniform in width, but the thickness or height is the unit of measure.

    So, enough about math - remember they're blocks too! Not only can you do the activities included and make up your own, but you can also build with them! Building helps develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and critical thinking. There are many reasons to buy blocks, and this unique set provides multiple opportunities for education and fun! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063819
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    Twinkling Tree is a sparkly kelly green and includes a blacklight keychain. The tiny flashlight makes this glow-in-the-dark putty really light up!

  • Item #: 051685
    ISBN: 9781550356496
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    This handy little workbook is for teachers and parents of kids who are reading the Magic Treehouse series. The guide specifically covers: Dinosaurs before Dark, the Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, Midnight on the Moon, Dolphins at Daybreak, Ghost Town at Sundown, Lions at Lunchtime, Polar Bears Past Bedtime, Vacation Under the Volcano, Day of the Dragon King, Viking Ships at Sunrise, Hour of the Olympics, and Tonight on the Titanic.

    The entire book is reproducible and includes some great resources. You get summaries of each story to be used as student predicting activities or to pique their interest. You also get very helpful, open-ended discussion/quiz questions for each chapter of each book. These are built-in lesson plans! The answer key is here for you in case you need it. I like how the questions encourage further thought from the student, either as more study in an area (like science or geography) or as imaginary scenarios of future book chapters. Activity suggestion cards really push kids to think beyond the books. They are asked to compare and revise stories, requiring higher level thinking skills. Teacher evaluation sheets allow you to keep track of several students' reading progress, while students get their own reading checklist. Simple to use and thorough, I feel this is a "must have" to get the most out of the Magic Treehouse series. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 011557
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    What if a proper English nanny – Mrs. Witherspoon – popped into your home for a few hours one day just to give you some much-needed time off? Wouldn’t it bring a breath of fresh air into your homeschool? There’s a little twist to the Mrs. Witherspoon story, and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, but the point here is that each of us can bring that breath of fresh air into our homes and homeschools. This book tells you how – in fact, it provides a road map. I needed this book! With a tendency to always be on the serious side, my children would have greatly benefited if just a little bit more laughter and creative fun had been a part of our school experience. Fortunately for us, we found a co-op (one of the authors’ suggestions, by the way), and that wonderful group of dedicated and creative moms introduced this missing element into our lives.

    The authors, Cyndy Regeling and Tammy Duby, are two of those amazing women who can think up marvelous ideas out of thin air. Since I’m not one of those women, I would willingly clone their ideas (and this book is loaded with them) to introduce that element of fun into my day. Although many of their ideas are ways to add laughter without disturbing the school day, consider the idea of having a day focused on a single topic – say a Flower Day. You may be thinking that that doesn’t sound all that creative, but would you think of “flying” to Mexico and doing a poinsettia craft, then “flying” to Holland to study the parts of a flower and planting tulips, then “flying” to Austria to make and play a matching game for flowers? Hmmm… I thought not! Give your creative juices a rest and utilize theirs to keep your homeschooling days fresh and vibrant. Janice

  • Item #: 039993
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    This small booklet is filled with over 150 journal prompts that are Christian and homeschool oriented. Written by Cyndy Regeling (with the help of her three sons), the prompts are meant for boys, but many could be used by girls as well (besides prompts like "If there was an award for "Brother of the Year," what should the qualifications be? Would you qualify? Why or why not?" and "Can you picture yourself as a husband one day? Describe what you would do to be a good husband."). From September through June, there are four prompts for each week. Prompts are fairly simple and should lead to about 15 minutes of writing. Prompts cover school, hobby, family, spiritual, and other fun topics and prompt for different types of writing (poems, description, narrative, etc.). Some are pure fun ("Imagine the fun it would be to drive a dog sled team. Create an adventurous tale with you as the sled driver."), while some require serious thinking (Missionaries courageously tell others about Jesus. How can you be a missionary in your area? What would you tell a friend who asked you to explain why Jesus is so important to you?"). This is a simple booklet of journal prompts that is very well done. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 037190
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    Try and make your giraffe the tallest without toppling over! Your goal is to get points by reading the leaves on the tree. Higher leaves have more point value. Each player builds up the neck of their giraffe by rolling a die which shows different-shaped neck blocks. Players take turns rolling the die, adding blocks to their giraffe and collecting leaves for points. The winner has the most points when all the leaves are eaten. The rules are simple to follow and explain various possibilities clearly, something I always look for in a game! The die and giraffe pieces are made of dense foam, while the tree is made of heavy cardboard. They are all colorful and charming and your kiddos will love the feel of the foam as they stack their giraffes taller and taller. The foam also makes for a nice quiet game. The leaves are numbered 1-5, so there is a bit of math as you total your scores. An average game takes about 15 minutes to play. For ages 3+, 2-4 players ~ Sara

  • Item #: 000907
    ISBN: 9780064440257
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    Oscar Otter loves sliding down the otter slide with the other otters, until Beaver blocks the slide with a tree. Infuriated, Oscar sets off to build a new slide, but soon is being tailed by predators. Think quick, Oscar!

  • Item #: 026705
    ISBN: 9780060099459
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    There is a lot to do to get ready for Christmas, and Amelia Bedelia and Mrs. Rogers have no time to waste. Unfortunately, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have to go pick up Aunt Myra, and Amelia Bedelia is left to finish by herself. When the Rogers come back, what will Aunt Myra think of Amelia's date cake, popcorn balls, stockings, and Christmas tree?
  • Item #: 009802
    ISBN: 9781626867734
    Retail: $14.99
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      If you tend to think that books are better than movies, then here is your chance to color classic Tolkien characters and settings how you imagine them! The realistic illustrations are very detailed and would look best with colored pencils for precision and shading. The bottom of each page shows a title for the illustration and the featured book (The Silmarillon, The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings). 9”x9”, 96 pages.

  • Item #: 031481
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    These stems are sparkly and will add pizzazz to holiday craft projects. Twist together to make a beautiful wreath, add some red beads for holly berries and some leaves for that festive touch. Glue to paper & make Christmas scenes or make ornaments to hang on your tree. There are 100 of these beautiful 12" stems per package so get those thinking caps on and get creating! ~ Phyllis

  • Item #: 036616
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    Celebrate the Holidays with Wikki Stix! This kit's designed especially for Christmas, and includes more just include Wikki Stix – there are 2 greeting cards, 2 mini gift boxes to put together, a teddy bear cutout, 2 paper ornaments, and a Christmas tree cutout. Use the 36 Wikki Stix (24 longer and 12 shorter) to decorate the included crafts, or think up of some of your own unique artsy activities. (How about a Wikki Stix Nativity?) As always, they're made in the USA from food-grade wax and acrylic knitting yarn.
  • Item #: 015396
    ISBN: 9781402773228
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    What would you think if a man came riding into your wagon-train on a mountain lion, carrying a rattlesnake rolled into a lasso? That'd be Pecos Bill for you! In this collection of tall tales retold from America's history, you'll read about Annabel, the lumberjack's bear who loved honey; Tommy, the fish out of water; Paul Bunyan and his ox (and other odd animals); the rabbit and the tar man (reminiscent of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby); Davy Crockett treeing a wolf; and more! Illustrations make this a delightful picture book that your little ones will enjoy over and over again. 73 pgs., hc. –Chad

  • Item #: 024771
    Retail: $19.99
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    How do you make an apple pie? First, you select a tree branch full of apples. Then you pick the apples and put them in your pail. What comes next? This Melissa & Doug® set lets early learners practice a variety of farm-themed sequencing puzzles. The set includes 40 illustrated picture cards and two wooden sequence boards. Each sequence board has four numbered barn-shaped cutouts that are painted bright red. To play, kids select a set of four picture cards that belong together. Then they place the cards in the barns in chronological order. Some of the sequencing cards include making honey, carving a jack-o-lantern, and milking a cow. The back of each card is numbered from 1-4 in case you get stuck. The sequence boards and cards store in a sturdy, wooden 15 ½" x 8 ½" divided box. This fun set encourages storytelling, as well as teaching narrative thinking and pre-reading skills. Includes extension activities on the back of the box. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 043293
    ISBN: 9781599150253
    Retail: $14.95
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    While other scientists were catching and killing insects and classifying them based on physical characteristics, the 19th-century scientist and teacher Jean Henri Fabre was a firm believer in observing insects and nature in their natural habitats, spending just as much time watching their behavior as studying their anatomy. In this delightful book, he shares his observations and knowledge with children through a series of stories in which Uncle Paul describes the wonders of nature for his nieces and nephews, Claire, Emile, and Jules. With frequent questions and interjections from the children, Uncle Paul discusses livestock, trees, metals, fibers, paper, spiders, insects, weather, clouds, steam engines, astronomy, plants, mushrooms, shells, ocean creatures, and much more. If you enjoy the Christian Liberty Nature Readers or the Handbook of Nature Study, I think you'll enjoy this one as well. Originally published in 1917 and translated from French by Florence Bicknell, this reprint from Yesterday's Classics is 438 pgs, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 040059
    ISBN: 9781936208012
    Retail: $15.99
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    As the mom of a budding zoologist, I quickly found that most of the books we read covered the same information…oh, there may have been variations in content or images, but the animal species were nearly identical. I felt like we were always studying the same things. If you ever felt the same way with your little zoologist, I think you will be pleased with this excellent resource. From a Christian perspective, this book introduces children to some of God's unusual animal and plant creations found within nature.

    Written and photographed by a father and son missionary team, the chapters are beautifully photographed and well-written. As a visual learner, I really appreciate how each of the topical chapters is color-coded, meaning that individual life forms studied are presented on uniquely colored pages. The information is presented in a story format and ranges from 3-7 pages per specimen. You and your children will be captivated reading about the Northern Potoo, Jabiru storks, black howler monkeys, monkey-faced orchids (yes - there really is such a flower), the poison dart frog, the Indian piper, the cacao tree, weasel and much more. Scripture references, observations about the marvelous design of our God and scientific names offer a refreshing look our Father's world. Magnificently illustrated with full color photographs, the entire family will be eager to learn more about God's creation. HC. 149 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 009809
    ISBN: 9781450888905
    Retail: $11.00
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    Part journal, part scrapbook, part sketchbook and a thoughtful gift for the tween/teen with a lot on their minds! The spiral binding makes it lie flat, which is a lovely feature. Each page has something interesting on it, like a prompt. Sometimes you draw; other pages have you write a bit, but there is always something there to work with. This book is as appealing for a boy as for a girl. The images have a sepia quality, so it isn’t too cutesy. Here are some examples of your tasks (should you choose to accept!): Make a drawing using only letters. Invent an electronic device. Draw this dog…upside down…with your eyes closed…without lifting you pencil. Other pages have no directions. Like a blank family tree, empty jars to fill and an ant farm to design. I loved the variety of prompts so much that I was thinking about what I would draw to finish the roller coaster, make some graffiti or draw clothes on animals! If you have a reluctant writer, do a page as a non-threatening warm-up activity. Each prompt is only 1-2 pgs. Of course your artsy kids will have fun, but since it is a private thing, like a diary of sorts, those who do not fancy themselves an artist can let loose and have fun being creative. Once the book is complete, you have a keepsake – a snapshot of how your child was thinking at that time in their life. The size makes it easy to stash or take with you. 8” x 9” 160 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 046482
    ISBN: 9781107615571
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    Enrich your understanding of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays! The front of the book contains eight pages of color photos from performances, material explaining the historical context of the play, a map of England, and a list of characters. From there, each right hand page contains the full text of the play, while the left hand page has materials to help students get more out of it – difficult lines and words are explained, and a summary of the action is given. In addition, it contains several classroom activities that help students understand and analyze the issues within the text. Students can do things like translate verses into modern English, create stage directions, act out portions of the play, and prepare presentations from the viewpoints of the characters. There are also plenty of study questions and writing activities for students to do on their own. Towards the back are activities that analyze the play as a whole, black and white photographs of various productions, and a family tree of the Houses of York, Lancaster, and Tudor. And even if students don't complete many of the activities, they would benefit from reading the study questions, both for developing their critical thinking skills and to better understand the play. 268 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 036857
    ISBN: 9780738212418
    Retail: $19.00
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    Mark Kistler, cartoonist and author of the ever-popular Draw Squad and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler, has taught children to draw using his methods for years. In this book, he takes his fun, yet start-with-the-basics approach and offers it up to adults who think they can't even draw a straight line! He promises that yes, anyone can learn to draw if they set aside twenty minutes a day for a month. If you're game, you can grab any old pencil and sketchbook and embark on an adventure that will take you from drawing spheres to tackling the human face! I like the balance of simple form and more advanced skills he meshes together here. Although you begin by drawing a circle, you immediately turn it into a three-dimensional sphere by adding shading. So you skip that whole "drawing a straight line" thing and head straight into the world of 3-D. Lesson drawing subjects progress in difficulty, beginning with the basics: spheres and cubes. From there you build onto the cubes and spheres that you know, creating koalas, roses, cylinders, houses, rippling flags, pyramids, mugs, trees, rooms and cities in one-point perspective, buildings in two-point perspective, and the human eye and face. Each lesson goes step-by-step, with Mark's illustrations showing the student exactly what to add each time and his written instructions are clear, easy-to-follow and entertaining. Many of the lessons are reminiscent of those in Draw Squad, but the pace is a bit quicker, and the subject matter slightly more sophisticated. Lessons often end with a "Bonus Challenge" where you can take your new skill to the next level, and several examples from Mark's other adult students offer inspiration as well. Drawing supplies are minimal, although Mark makes suggestions and recommendations in several lessons. With its 30-day commitment and incremental lessons, I would recommend this one as an introductory drawing course for your high-schoolers, especially if they have not had much drawing instruction in the past.