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  • Item #: 031792
    ISBN: 9781596730021
    Retail: $16.99
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  • Item #: 031793
    ISBN: 9781596730038
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  • Item #: 040312
    ISBN: 9781338030617
    Retail: $10.99
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       Meeting resistance when it comes time for handwriting practice? These themed practice books can save the day. Each workbook has 40 reproducible practice pages with built-in motivation. There is a short review at the beginning on how to form the letters, but this is more for practice than initial instruction. The pages start with 3 target words from the quote/joke/fact for the student practices writing a few times. They then carefully copy the entire selection. At the end of the workbook, they can cut off the bottom of the pages to make into a stapled book of their handwriting practice and end up with a fun book of quotes/jokes/facts.

      Wacky Facts: includes things like world records, interesting trivia, cool animal facts and more. Available in print or cursive, depending on grade level. It can take only 5-10 minutes per day to get in some handwriting practice that your child won’t dread. They may even ask to do more than a page a day! 48 pb; reproducible for home/classroom use. Modern style ~ Lisa/Sara 

  • Item #: 034009
    ISBN: 9780439671620
    Retail: $16.99
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    This is a fun book and CD combination to help students memorize their multiplication tables and have fun singing in the process. The CD includes twelve fun tunes that are each sung in a different style. There's a tango, a march, pop-reggae, bluegrass, rock, waltz, a sea chantey, country-western, rhythm and blues, jazz, a rap, and calypso. Though the songs definitely have a beat and there are drums and other instruments involved in a few of the songs, none of the music is exceptionally hard. The song lyrics aren't merely just numbers being multiplied, like many multiplication songs. Each song includes a fun story or encouragement about learning that goes with the style of music, then of course some multiplying of numbers. Songs focus on multiplying by one, counting in twos, counting by threes, multiplying by fours up to 40, counting by fives up to 50, counting by sixes up to 60, multiplying by sevens up to 63, and multiplying by eights up to 88. One song teaches the trick about how to multiply nines, while another jazz song points out that something times nothing is nothing at all. A special song is given to the "hardest" multiplication fact (8 x 7 = 56), and a calypso celebration sings of the joys of multiplication and includes random multiplication of numbers. Overall, this is a very fun CD to listen to, and children will memorize their time tables effortlessly as they sing along. The accompanying book includes lyrics to all the songs, suggestions for each song, and a few reproducible handouts like a hundred number chart for use during certain songs. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 011901
    ISBN: 9780486474861
    Retail: $16.99
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    Hours of entertainment for those long car trips! This kit contains a United States Coloring Book, which is filled with fun facts about each state, a Historic American Landmarks Coloring Book, with images of the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and 27 others, a set of four crayons, and an 11" x 7" color map of the United States. Also included are three activity books: United States Maze Craze, Spot-the Differences Across the USA, and All About America Facts & Fun (a Dover Little Activity Book). ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 018301
    ISBN: 9780471679042
    Retail: $14.95
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    America's history is packed with all kinds of heroes, and this book does an excellent job of teaching about them in an interactive way. Forty-four fact filled biographies are included from heroes spanning America's history. Examples include Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jesse Owens, John F. Kennedy, and Sally Ride. Each biography includes a black and white drawing of the person, birth and death dates, information on the person's childhood, details on how the person rose to greatness, and how the person affected America. Each biography also includes a famous quote from the person and interesting, little-known tidbits about their life. Each concise biography is presented on one to two pages. The great feature about this book is that there's an activity or two that goes along with each biography which corresponds to the featured hero. The activities are usually easy to complete and require materials that are easy to find. A list of things you'll need is presented along with step-by-step directions for completing the project. Exercises like word searches, fill-in-the-blank, and matching are included for some heroes, but more interactive activities are also presented. Following food recipes, constructing crafts, doing experiments, and making and solving puzzles are a few of these types of activities. Make ice cream that George Washington loved, measure tree height without climbing like Lewis and Clark, build a flashlight like Thomas Edison, create gold medals like Jesse Owens won, or use a balloon to see how jet propulsion helped Neil Armstrong reach the moon. This book makes sure students have fun while they learn about some of America's greatest heroes. Reproducible, 122 pgs, pb. Answers included. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 065764
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      An open-ended products with a lot of cool potential: a set of 30 paper posters 13x24”. They have blue headlines where a student can fill in below all sorts of information. The topics are not the usual stuff. Instead of your favorite color or a photo of your pets, you have some more adult-ish topics here. Here are the details to fill in: name, nick name, date of birth, sex, relationship status, hometown, political views, religious views, address, activities, interests, favorite music/quotes/books, accomplishments, memberships, high school, college, employer, position, relatives, paragraph about me, and quotes about you from friends. There is space for a 4x5” photo of the person, 6 small photos of friends, six 1.5x2.5” photos of your choice, and a couple small picture spots next to the quotes from friends. I think it would be fun to use for interviews, for meeting new co-op members, with a group of adults, etc.

  • Item #: 068547
    ISBN: 9781613648711
    Retail: $5.99
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       Introduce children to 32 unique wonders across the world. Illustrations are larger with minimal details for greater appeal to elementary children and it includes natural and man-made wonders. Each illustration to color also includes year built, location and an interesting fact. A sampling of illustrations includes the Alamo, the Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Mother Temple of Besakih, the Grand Canyon, etc.
    Additional activities include crossword puzzles, connect-the-dots, etc. Answers included. Reproducible for family or single teacher use. sc, 43 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 040308
    ISBN: 9780545943178
    Retail: $10.99
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      Meeting resistance when it comes time for handwriting practice? These themed practice books can save the day. Each workbook has 40 reproducible practice pages with built-in motivation. There is a short review at the beginning on how to form the letters, but this is more for practice than initial instruction. The pages start with 3 target words from the quote/joke/fact for the student practices writing a few times. They then carefully copy the entire selection. At the end of the workbook, they can cut off the bottom of the pages to make into a stapled book of their handwriting practice and end up with a fun book of quotes/jokes/facts.

      Wacky Facts: includes things like world records, interesting trivia, cool animal facts and more. Available in print or cursive, depending on grade level. It can take only 5-10 minutes per day to get in some handwriting practice that your child won’t dread. They may even ask to do more than a page a day! 48 pb; reproducible for home/classroom use. Modern style ~ Lisa/Sara 

  • Item #: 043901
    Retail: $0.00
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    Why not apply the principles of copywork to learning math facts? Having the child repeatedly copy the set of facts locks the correct answers in his mind rather than repeatedly introducing the possibilities of incorrect answers. Printed in a large font size making them easy to copy, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts arranged in families are copied daily until the child can say them correctly from memory. Although there is a fair amount of space for copying, I would use the book as a nonconsumable. Coil-bound, cardstock covers, 22 pgs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 027042
    ISBN: 9780769634012
    Retail: $8.99
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    Since we are surrounded by media, it's a good idea to make sure students know how to discriminate between fact, fiction, and opinion. This workbook is full of worksheets designed to teach students the difference. After a short introduction and definition of media, it's on to learning about the different "clues" that can help students decide if something is fact, fiction, or opinion. These clues include identifying the genre; evaluating headlines and titles; identifying the source, author, and target audience; identifying the purpose; identifying misleading statements; identifying context clues; and cross-referencing and tapping into your prior knowledge. Each clue is presented and taught through several fun worksheets which sharpen students' critical thinking and comprehension skills. Reproducible, answers included. 64 pages. - Melissa
  • Item #: 010171
    ISBN: 9780895262936
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.53

    Science textbooks are rife with environmentalist outcries about global warming, the need to recycle, acid rain, overpopulation, disappearing water and wildlife, etc. etc. But are these claims valid? Are they substantiated by scientific evidence? Unfortunately, science has again bowed down to extremist groups, instilling fear and panic in children instead of examining and presenting the scientific evidence. This book, written by scientists and reviewed by acknowledged experts in the topics addressed, presents the facts, putting environmental concerns into perspective. It is intended as a "guidebook to help parents and teachers give their children and students a more balanced, science-based view of the many environmental controversies they encounter". Fourteen major environmental

    topics are addressed in chapters titled "Will Billions Starve?" "Natural Resources - On the Way Out?" "Are Our Forests Dying?" "The Rain Forest - One Hundred Acres a Minute?" "American Wildlife - On the Edge?" "Where Have all the Species Gone?" "The Air We Breathe" "A Hotter Planet?" "Sorting Out Ozone" "Acid Rain" "Not a Drop to Drink" "Don't Eat that Apple!" "A Garbage Crisis?" and "The Recycling Myth."

    Running counter to the wisdom of politically correct public school adopted texts, this book may not make it to the approved curriculum list of your local school, but you can incorporate it into your science curriculum at home. Suitable for use with children of all ages, you can present it as a unit to all grade levels at once. Its sensible approach may help you to "save the planet" without scaring your kids!

  • Item #: 067706
    ISBN: 9781619990302
    Retail: $14.95
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       Similar to the concept of Holey Cards, this set of cards will allow children to practice math facts independently and check their own work. Place a sheet of paper beneath one of the four cards (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and write the answer to each problem in the square hole next to the problem. After completing the problems, flip the card over to reveal the answers. These cards provide horizontal math practice and include 98 problems on each card. Made of sturdy cardstock, Fast Facts can be used repeatedly.  

  • Item #: 004467
    ISBN: 9781600572135
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    While trips to the library are needed for research and reference, some basic reference sources are worth purchasing since they are used so often. This is one such reference. Updated yearly, it contains information about the state of the world that is invaluable in writing reports, doing research, or just for browsing. Among the wealth of topics presented are economics, crime, health, science and technology, consumer information, government, U.S. facts and history, U.S. city populations, world history and culture, sports highlights and much more.

  • Item #: 012365
    ISBN: 9781580371643
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.25

    For some kids, the study of history can be well, dry. Spark their interest with Amazing Facts in U.S. History! This activity book contains a series of quizzes on strange, but interesting, facts about Early Explorers, Native Americans, the First Thanksgiving, the 13 Colonies, the Revolution, the Gold Rush, the Civil War, World War II, U.S. Presidents, and more!

    Prior to each quiz is a summary of the topic to follow, the actual quiz questions are not covered. The goal is to spark interest in a topic. These would be an excellent way to excite interest in a topic or use as a guide for a history based unit study or research project. Quiz answer sheets provide explanations for the more unusual facts. Several "mystery from history" sections, which involve logic puzzles and word games, are also included. ~ Anh/Deanne

  • Item #: 054970
    ISBN: 9780977732326
    Retail: $10.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    A supplemental workbook for kids to practice adding and subtracting 2-, 3- and 4-digit numbers. Parent instructions are clearly laid out and there are assessments included. The book is divided into 6 sections and both skills are practiced together. The format is user friendly to classroom teachers, homeschoolers or tutors. 55 reproducible pages are no-frills practice. Answers are in the back along with a record keeping chart of your student's progress. Use this one on its own for additional practice with addition and subtraction or in conjunction with Two Plus Two Is Not Five which focuses on addition and subtraction math facts. 62pp, pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 022476
    ISBN: 9781930953161
    Retail: $14.95
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    In reference to telling a successful joke or story you often hear, "It's all in the presentation," meaning that people will be interested or enjoy these things if the person telling them is an interesting, good storyteller. That saying captures the Artner's view of teaching and learning American history - children will enjoy history if it is presented to them in an interesting way. The basis of this guide is that learning American history is both more effectively and enjoyably done through reading children's history books rather than a history text. Although simple, this is a somewhat unique idea in many classrooms today. Many parents occasionally supplement with historical readers, either nonfiction or fiction, but few discard the history text and rely on these valuable resources completely. However, as the Artner family sees it, this is by far the best way to engage children in the history of our country. Through reading well-written, factual stories of the times and people of our nation as opposed to a dull textbook, children will truly enjoy history and have a better knowledge of our country's past. To this end, they have created this helpful guide to share their extensive knowledge of great children's history books. Divided into eight historical periods, units cover exploration and settlement (c. 1000-1775), the Colonial period (1607-1775), the War of Independence and the new government (1775-1789), national development and westward expansion (1790-1877), Civil War and reconstruction (1861-1877), Industrial Revolution and the rise of American world leadership (1878-1918), boom, depression and World War II (1919-1945), and the American century (1946-present). For each unit, parents are provided with a basic facts sheet to briefly introduce the era. This sheet includes important chronological dates and events of that time; notable people, places, and topics for reading; inventions and innovations of the time; important documents; and famous phrases. The Artner's also strongly suggest using Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework in conjunction with this text, citing page numbers of that book to read in introduction to each era and referencing history activity ideas from the same. The second teacher page for each unit holds history topics which should be covered according to E.D. Hirsch's books, What Your __ Grader Needs to Know, as well as ideas for optional fun activities relating to the topics read about. The last portion of each unit contains the reading list. Here you will find the titles and authors of what the Artner's believe to be the best children's history books. These books are divided by in print or easily found, out of print, autobiographies, advanced reading, historical fiction, and poetry, prose and song. The teacher's guide section at the front of the book offers information on selecting good history books and using this guide and provides a step-by-step schedule for teaching each unit. Helpful tips for finding any out-of-print treasures are shared at the back of the book. America has a naturally interesting story - don't squelch it with a boring retelling! ~ Steph

  • Item #: 066006
    ISBN: 9780692651186
    Retail: $14.95
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      This American history survey presents thirty topics from America’s past that the author believes are important for students. Each topic or lesson covers two pages, and includes comprehension questions, a vocabulary drill and a few ‘fun facts’. The text also includes several color photos and maps, along with a glossary. This brief overview is best suited as a supplement for middle school students who need some enrichment material, and not sufficient as a core or primary history curriculum. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 035512
    Retail: $15.95
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    Promote fitness and teamwork with a parachute! This CD includes fun songs for early childhood, such as "Parachute Rollerball", "Floating Cloud", "Mountain High", and more. Ideal for use with a 6' or 12' chute. Guide included. ~Sara

  • Item #: 065701
    ISBN: 9781513603100
    Retail: $5.99
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    Concentrates on the forms and functions of the Federal government.

  • Item #: 029399
    ISBN: 9781561892082
    Retail: $14.95
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    This large workbook presents students with an extensive introduction to America through pages of interesting, informative text as well as games and activities to complete after reading. The pages are colorful and visually appealing for kids. The book is divided into four sections, each focusing on a different element of our nation. The first covers American history up to 1900 - the New World, the birth of our nation, the civil war, women's rights, and more. American History from 1900 to the Present discusses the Great Depression, the Cold War, genetic engineering, inventions like movies and automobiles, and other topics. The third section introduces students to the U.S. Presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush. The last section contains information about the geography of America, studying the land by region. The format of the books presents first a page of text, and then a crossword, word search or other activity on the facing page utilizing that information. The pages are perforated so students can remove them if they prefer. This workbook is designed for use by students without requiring additional help for independent learning. Answers included. 352 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 030572
    ISBN: 9781883841348
    Retail: $19.95
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    From the author of Times Tables the Fun Way, Judy Liautaud, comes this fun and memorable way to learn addition facts 1 through 10. This program is based on the idea of using mnemonics and silly pictures to help visual learners remember their addition facts. This tested method has produced great results that show improvement for children who struggle with more traditional means of learning their facts. Presentation of the number stories is done in a specific way and instructions for such are found at the front of the book. Throughout, you will meet interesting number people like the 5 who drives, the 4-door, the 8-gate, and the 9-sign. A pre/post test is found at the back of the book on a wipe-off finish, so you can realize your student's improvement. Unlike Times Tables the Fun Way, this book isn't an activity book, so you won't find practice problems. What a fun way to learn addition facts! Get to know the number people and their stories, and let them help you down the math path. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 015437
    ISBN: 9780980041200
    Retail: $13.95
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    Homeschooling mother Mary Ellen Tedrow developed this guide to help parents teach state history and to make sure students think about many different facets of their particular state. It's a very thorough guide that doesn't just give students the answers but prompts them to learn valuable researching skills and use resources like the phone book, encyclopedia, library, and even a congressman. The workbook is not state specific, so it works for any state. It is basically composed of 50 worksheets with blanks for students to fill in as they learn information about statehood, famous people from the state, historical or famous sites, taxes, natural resources, weather, physical features, and other history and statistics. Besides just researching and filling in blanks, students will also draw and color a state flag (and any past flag the state or territory may have had), go on a nature walk to observe and collect the nature of the state, interview someone and write an article about the worst storm they ever experienced in the state, observe and record weather patterns of the state for a month, and more. This non-reproducible workbook provides a great way to study your own or another state. 58 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 067481
    ISBN: 9780486813790
    Retail: $4.99
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     Explore the United States through crosswords, mazes and puzzles! From Ft. Denali (McKinley) in Alaska to Old Faithful in Wyoming, children will have fun while learning as each page contains an overview of the area and the related activity. A sampling of activities includes: comparing 2 images of Mount Rushmore for differences; adding numbers together to find the correct path down from Kilauea Volcano; unscrambling words to find the letters that spell Hoover Dam’s original name and much more  -39 activities total! Includes solutions. Excellent supplement to your US Geography course or a fun vacation/car school learning activity. 46 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 019454
    ISBN: 9780471136026
    Retail: $16.00
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    I believe if there's one way to instantly improve anything, it's to add food! This book has exactly the right idea. Instead of just reading your way through history, why not eat through it? Beginning with the first Thanksgiving, you can cook representative foods from colonial times, Louisiana territory, the Alamo, pioneer times, plantation life, the transcontinental railroad days, the Victorian era, the twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the fifties, the sixties and seventies, and finally the eighties and nineties. Each time period has around four pages of brief, informative history reading (complete with humorous illustrations) and then gets down to the recipes. (Getting started cooking pages with tips are included in the very beginning.) Key terms in the history reading are in bold, and there are fun food facts to read from that time period. The recipes are great symbols of the time periods. For example, after reading about "Remember the Alamo!", students can make tacos, Texas ribs, and meatless chili. When you are studying about plantation life, it won't do but to fix up a plate of fried chicken wings, corn bread, and sweet potato pie, with a peaches and cream sundae on the side. From first Thanksgiving golden harvest pumpkin bread, to colonial clam chowder all the way to nineties blueberry muffins, this is one U.S. history study the whole family will join you for. - Melissa

  • Item #: 034961
    ISBN: 9781594435065
    Retail: $14.98
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    A great way to learn about America and her explorers. The courage of these men enabled us to utilize America's beauty and resources, and their personal virtues make them role models even today. Covers many of the famous ones like Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, and Daniel Boone, but also some lesser-knowns like Charles Wilkes and Robert Gray. The movie shows some of America's most beautiful land, along with the heroes and their stories. 50 min.

  • Item #: 054406
    ISBN: 9780971756175
    Retail: $2.00
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    All in one small 4" x 6" book, you will find 101 scientific facts found in scripture. The format of this book is very straightforward: each fact is numbered 1 through 101, and a short paragraph gives an explanation on the topic which includes a passage from supporting scripture. Paragraphs range in length from 3 to 20 lines. Topics range from origin of the universe to dinosaurs to love to the shape of the earth – "The earth is a sphere (Isaiah 40:22). At a time when many thought the earth was flat, the Bible told us that the earth is spherical." This tiny book concludes with an explanation of the Bible being the inspired Word of God and what one needs to do to be saved. 101 Scientific Facts & Foreknowledge would be great to carry in your pocket or purse for quick reference or give as a witnessing tool. 31 pgs.

  • Item #: 048696
    ISBN: 9780486475240
    Retail: $1.99
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    This little book is packed with fun activities and facts about all 50 states. Word searches, crossword puzzles, dot-to-dots, find the difference puzzles, and mazes are just some of the activities found inside. Each activity page lists an interesting fact about a particular state, too. (Did you know the lollipop was invented in Connecticut?). After completing the activities, you can even color the pages! 63 pgs, digest sized. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 027447
    ISBN: 9780061432040
    Retail: $14.99
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    This set of twelve "I Can Read!" books features Biscuit, the adorable, lovable pup. Each of the 12-page readers has colorful illustrations and simple sentences that students will soon be able to read themselves. Each reader focuses on practicing a specific short vowel sound, with two books for each vowel as well as an introduction reader and a review reader. With all 12 readers stored in a box with a convenient handle, this series will provide good reinforcement for those using any phonics program. Readers measure 5" x 5".

  • Item #: 020037
    ISBN: 9780981813776
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    At least three music courses (for beginners – either in age or experience) in one user-friendly, family-oriented package: music appreciation/history, reading music, and making/enjoying music. We all have this nagging idea that we really ought to be doing something about music but don't know exactly what. Or perhaps you're one of those moms who recognize that there are tremendous advantages for your children (spiritually, emotionally and mentally) when enjoying music is part of your daily lives but you can't imagine how you'll fit one more thing into your busy lives and homes. Marcia Washburn makes it easy for us by leading us step-by-step and providing a wealth of online resources to broaden that experience. You don't need to be able to read music or recognize one composer from another or spend a lot of money or time gathering resources. The author even assures us that this product has been "field-tested to ensure that musically illiterate adults can confidently use it with their children."

    Beethoven Who? is an ebook, or in other words, pdf files on CD-ROM, readable from your computer. This ebook-on-CD format is perfect for providing quality information, hands-on activities, games, reproducible listening sheets and listening suggestions in an affordable package. AND, there are links – lots of links – to quality internet sources for listening to orchestra-performed and artist-performed pieces (classical, traditional, folk, patriotic, and sacred music). Many of the listening links also provide video footage so you get a great view of each instrument in the orchestra. As we mentioned earlier, coverage of all things introductory and basic to music appreciation and enjoyment are included. The first section – Listening to Music – provides an overview of the elements of music (terms and basic info) followed by a period-by-period examination of major composers, musical instruments, historical setting, and notable pieces. In this section are briefly annotated (the author tells what to expect and look for) links to orchestras performing various pieces as well as video re-enactments such as costumed musicians playing period instruments while floating on the Thames River in England and even flash mob versions. The links are designed to build in you and your children appreciation for the music involved and to just plain enjoy a huge variety of musical experiences. In this section you'll find descriptions of the various periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Twentieth Century), short biographical sketches (with full-color pictures) of the major composers within each, examples of their major works, and lots of interesting odds and ends about both composers and works. To give you just a bit of an idea of the care that has gone into making the video link selections, consider the Flight of the Bumblebee (a work of the Romantic period composer Rimsky-Korsakov). Links for this piece include an orchestra (so you can see how fast their fingers need to move), the record-holder for the fastest violin version, a master violinist (Perlman) performance, a number of solo instruments each playing the piece (oboe, bassoon, clarinet, soprano recorder, and tuba), a Canadian Brass comedic version, a Disney cartoon shortened version, and, lastly, a boogie-woogie rendition on the piano. Notes on these links include observing that at 1:55 the pianist is smiling at an audience member (boogie-woogie) and a caution not to read the comments on the clarinet link (inappropriate content).

    The second section – Reading Music – covers all the basics providing a wealth of reinforcing activities. Reproducible masters are often included for memory games or bingo, for instance, as well as using a variety of rudimentary, homemade musical instruments (toilet paper tube maracas, oatmeal container drums, metal bottle cap tambourines, and a drinking glass orchestra – all instructions included). Music Reading, Pitch, Rhythm, and Dynamics are all covered. Activities are easy and fun to do and will involve your entire family in a musical exploration adventure.

    Section 3 – Making Music – transported me back to my grade school days and had me agreeing with the author that American folk and traditional songs – once learned in elementary school music classes like mine – are disappearing from our culture. You'll appreciate her determination not to let that happen as you listen through her list of not-to-be-missed songs: action songs (London Bridge), love/friendship songs (Bicycle Built for Two), animal songs (Itsy, Bitsy Spider), work songs (I've Been Working on the Railroad), patriotic songs (America the Beautiful), and sacred songs (hymns such as A Mighty Fortress and children's songs such as Jesus Loves the Little Children). Trust me, I've only scratched the surface of her many, many suggestions here. Again, there are a multitude of annotated links and often, historical and cultural anecdotes. She ends this section with suggestions for ways you can make music together as a family and ways to incorporate musical experiences into your everyday family life. A series of appendices include How to Use the Links in the Book, an Elements of Music Chart, a master for Sample Listening Sheets, a Resources list, and a Glossary of Terms. There is also a complete index for the entire e-book./

    You can probably tell that I'm excited about the potential of this product to open the lives of our children to musical experiences, some noble, some mundane. There's over 300 pages of musical information, countless links, reproducibles, and, most importantly, the sense that "I can do this!" ~ Janice