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  • Item #: 012410
    ISBN: 9780746007983
    Retail: $12.99
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    Even after all the exploration and discovery of the last few hundred years, even with the increasing urbanization of late, there are still many wild places virtually undisturbed by man. Discover mountains, jungles, and deserts through the detailed, colorful illustrations of this Usborne book. Descriptions of the flora, fauna, terrain, animals and people associated with each of these places are numerous and linked to all of the pictures. This 98-pg book is a combined volume of three separate titles: Mountains, Jungles, and Deserts. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 062682
    ISBN: 9780794530402
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    As a child, the travel map we used had a picture atlas on the exterior. I spent so much time pouring over that cover that I still remember, as a result, which states produce oil. Here’s an opportunity to provide that experience for your elementary children. The actual atlas is in the first 24 pages. The remaining pages are filled with over 350 stickers to place in the appropriate atlas location. Children can easily find the correct location by finding the “shadowed” picture of the sticker. But it’s not just pictures here! Each map has information and details regarding animals, culture and geographical locations in small, clear print. Maps include one of the world; Western and Eastern Europe; North and South Africa; Western and Eastern Asia; North and Central America; South America; Australasia and Oceania; the Antarctic and Antarctica. End the book with a brief world quiz to test your new knowledge. Once done, you’ll have a picture atlas to continually use! Just wonderful! 9 3/8” x 12”, 34 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 033808
    Retail: $7.59
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    Simple and quick to play, this game fast became a favorite at our house! Combining elements of Uno and "slapping" card games, there's something for everyone to enjoy - especially young players. To begin, everyone is dealt ten cards which they can pick up, look at, and organize however they like. Cards are either plain but colored (purple, blue, green, or red); colored and display either "Super Swap," "Switch Color," or "Slap!" directions; or are "wild" and contain "Swap" directions. All remaining cards are placed face-down in a draw pile, and one card is placed face up to make a discard pile. The first player must lay down a card of the same color as the card in the discard pile, either a plain color card, a special colored direction card, or a wild "Swap." If a player plays a "Swap," they must trade their hand with another player, but if a "Super Swap" is played, then all players switch hands with each other. If a "Slap" card is played, all players must slap the discard pile, and the last player to slap has to take a card from the player who played the "Slap" card. Swap! is unique from other card games in that whole hands of cards are constantly being traded, which means that each player's strategy must keep changing with the cards as well!

  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 018005
    ISBN: 9780794528331
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.99
    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 070331
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $31.99

      In Colt Express, 2-6 players become true outlaws of the Wild West, gearing up to relieve a train (and its passengers) of valuables. The “board” is a realistic, 3D cardboard locomotive and train cars. Each game plays over the course of five rounds, with 3-5 turns per round. Players plan each round’s heist by playing action cards one at a time to a common pile for each “turn.” Actions consist of Moving (up or down), Looting, Shooting, Punching (to relieve other bandits of their valuables), and Moving the Marshal. At the end of the round, the deck is flipped over and players take turns carrying out the actions they planned at the round’s beginning. Not everything always goes according to plan! Certain turns require that cards are placed face-down; others change turn order and even allow multiple actions in one turn. So, players will often find themselves in over their heads, being forced to take actions that no longer make any sense! As chaotic as it is simple, this uniquely thematic game is perfect for family game nights. Winner of the 2015 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award. 2-6 Players; 40 minutes.

  • Item #: 064191
    ISBN: 9780794536879
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.24

    Some children may have a difficult time applying themselves to books that cover technical programming concepts (such as looping, variables, etc.) or even books that lead directly into those ideas. The focus of this book is instead on short, unstructured lessons exclusively covering Scratch or Scratch games. Instead of having concept-based lessons to follow, as in How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons, kids will work on creating short, simple games using Scratch. These short lessons start out simple (such as making characters move around the screen) and end with making pattern games and virtual pets. Once kids understand how to make basic games, they move on to four fully-fledged game projects. Throughout these lessons the emphasis is placed on the game they are creating, not on programming concepts. Picture this as coming at programming from another angle; instead of learning about what a variable is and then putting a variable named score in the game, they are shown how to keep a score within their game and then learn why a score is a variable and what that entails. To help kids out even more, all instructions and concepts come with full-color illustrations (and cute cartoon characters) which show exactly how to do the projects in a fun, cute way. If your child is interested in programming, but may be more excited about making games as a focus, this is for them. 94 pages. Spiral-bound.

    Uses the programming language Scratch as a base. Focuses on the visual elements of programming - kids begin by making things move around the screen, drawing & painting characters, and creating a virtual pet. Ends with 4 games projects.

  • Item #: 067907
    ISBN: 9780794539689
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

     Take the classroom outdoors! Well-illustrated, clear instructions for activities, and helpful background information make this an excellent science supplement or a wonderful resource for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler. Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, tools for outdoor learning, safety tips and how to protect nature, the rest of the book then divides into 6 sections. These sections include Exploring ponds, Rivers and Seas; Discovering Wildlife; Into the Wild; Out in all Weather and Night Explorer. A sampling of activities includes bouncing stones, damming a stream, forming a footprint trap, being a tree detective, creating wildlife art from items found in the woods, pitching a tent and making a campfire, cloud spotting and forecasting, stargazing and much more. Includes a dedicated website for interactive activities and worksheets. Index and helpful glossary. 64 pgs. HC. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 050096
    Retail: $5.49
    Rainbow Price: $5.25

    Almost everyone likes Scrabble, but it just takes so long to set up and play. Here's a quicker, simpler version that can be taken on the road or played before dinner. Consisting of 110 cards (74 letter, 32 premium score, and 4 wild cards), the goal is to use your hand of seven cards to create the highest-scoring word and win the round. The premium score cards take the place of the double letter/word score squares; each consists of a letter with either a letter or word multiplier written below it. There's no lengthy setup or teardown, just dealing out the cards and putting them back in the box. A good way to get in some quick wordplay. 2-6 players. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 034306
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.00

    Practice numbers and sequencing under the sea! Players each start with a number ‘5’ card. They are dealt 5 other cards face up, which they arrange from low to high. (Plastic) gold coins are stacked on a treasure chest card, and the rest of the ocean-themed number cards are placed in a draw pile. Players take turns drawing and discarding cards and adding to their sequence. Once they have five numbers in a row, they collect a gold coin and remove the finished sequence (except the number ‘5’ around which they’ll start their new run). The first player to collect 5 coins wins! Don’t forget, Sharks (cards) are Wild! 2-4 players, game time is approximately 15 minutes. ~ Megan

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 000979
    ISBN: 9780794526887
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $37.99

    This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

    Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

  • Item #: 060900
    ISBN: 9780794534349
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.44

    Mazes help kids develop skills they don’t even realize. Add to the fun with these 30 tear-off, fun mazes to solve. The top cover is detached so kids can easily tear the sheets from the pads. Pages are multicolored and mazes are varied. In addition, each big page features things to spot and places to fill in with drawings. The back is made of sturdy cardboard so it can be used just about anywhere. Scenes include a range: outer space, nature, modern and ancient, etc. Note: includes one spooky streets scene with zombie-like characters. In the back, you’ll find smaller, full-color images pictured with answers. Keep some on hand in the car; they would make great placemat activities at restaurants, for example. 14” x 11”. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 038063
    ISBN: 9780141321059
    Retail: $5.99
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    Buck enjoys life as the pampered family dog of Judge Miller. When Manuel, the gardener's helper, secretly steals Buck to be sold, the civilized lifestyle that Buck grew up under no longer exists. It is the height of the Klondike gold rush, and dogs like Buck are in high demand as sled dogs. In a time and place when survival is an everyday battle, Buck must adapt to a lifestyle where primal instincts are the key to survival. The Signet Classic Edition not only includes the unabridged novel with an introduction by Alex Kershaw, but presents several of London's other works including "Diable," "An Odyssey of the North," "To the Man on Trail," "To Build a Fire," and "Love of Life." This edition has 133 pgs, pb. ~ Enh

  • Item #: 028440
    ISBN: 9780794530600
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    Each bold, colorful page holds easy text and plenty of images to uncover each part of the human body. From the way it looks, inside and out, to its place in the body, to its function and how it works, each body part is explained in detail. Simple, fun experiments are spread throughout, as well as Usborne-recommended websites that let children explore the human body further.

  • Item #: 073483
    Retail: $2.00
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  • Item #: 073309
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.99

    You and your fellow golfers are out playing the back 9, and like any good game of golf, the player who emerges with the lowest score wins! To begin, players are dealt a 3x3 grid of golf cards, two of which begin face up. These cards consist of red “negative” strokes (-1 through -4) and black “positive” strokes (3, 6, or 7, for example). Alone, these cards add strokes to your score; but when placed in a matching set of 3 (horizontally or vertically), they subtract from your strokes, decreasing your score. Adding a twist are wild “Mulligan” cards and yellow Hazard cards, which always add 10 to your score. Each turn, players draw a new card (or a discard) and replace one of their 9 cards with it. The replaced card is then discarded. The goal is to create as many matching sets (and get rid of as many Hazards!) as possible before someone has a completely face-up grid of 9 cards, at which point one last round is played. For 2-5 players. 30-minute playtime.

  • Item #: 072857
    Retail: $5.50
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    This 11”x 17” placemat is made of a durable polypropylene material that wipes clean easily. Placemats show 36 beautifully illustrated animals on the front and the names of each animal in five different languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch) on the back. ~ Emily G

  • Item #: 071863
    Retail: $39.00
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  • Item #: 071828
    ISBN: 9781534429246
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.25

  • Item #: 071820
    ISBN: 9781481499699
    Retail: $3.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.25

  • Item #: 070492
    ISBN: 9780794540197
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.34

     If you have students who love to visit museums and interact with objects and exhibits, then they will love the ‘virtual tour’ that is featured in this fascinating full-color museum activity book. Readers are taken on a guided tour of a local museum where they discover secrets of the universe, play games from ancient times, walk among dinosaurs, and interact with hands-on exhibits. Playful pages will invite children to spot objects, solve puzzles, and doodle as they encounter fascinating “Did You Know” facts. Along each step of their tour, children are also prompted to place the colorful stickers that are located at the back of the book in special places throughout the consumable text. All in all, this educational resource is sure to entertain and captivate even the most reluctant learner. A basic answer key is included in the back. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 070354
    ISBN: 9781940110325
    Retail: $80.00
    Rainbow Price: $53.95

    The Student Text is consumable and is meant to show the personal progression toward the goal of finished writing assignments that will ultimately find a place in the student's Writing Portfolio. This portfolio is a record of writing progress and gives your child a sense of accomplishment. You can and should share this keepsake with others. The Appendices in the Student Text are plentiful. An Apprentice Log includes module checklists, rubrics, a unit review and follow-up reports. Also included are Reviewer's Rubrics featuring the Traits of Writing, a Memory Chart, and Follow-Up Reports.

    Assignments include:  Into the Wild (research writing project), Making the Case (persuasive/argumentative writing), Poetry Jam (poetry writing projects – acrostic poem, lyric poem, haiku, and cinquain), and A Fantastastical Tale of Extraordinary Exploits (fantasy).

  • Item #: 062674
    ISBN: 9780794534967
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.54

    Blast off for space with your little astronauts using the stickers and scenes in this fun and informational, 24-page Usborne sticker book. Over 250 stickers can be placed to show objects in space; visitors at a space museum; men on the moon; astronauts and their training and much more. There are 14 different scenes in this 9”x 12” book and each has a bit of scene information. Sticker pages are labeled at the bottom with the corresponding scene pages. Let your little ones learn a little more and have a bit of fun. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060898
    ISBN: 9780794533595
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    I don’t know very many children who don’t like stickers. Usborne knows that and they offer over 130 stickers to help children learn about astronomy and space. Every topic is a two-page spread, for a total of 32 pages on which young astronomers can place their stickers. Realistic stickers are labeled so you know on which pages to put them and are large enough for smaller hands to manipulate more easily: 1/2” up to about 5”. Walk with an astronaut on the moon, see the earth from space and see the starry sky from earth, or visit all of our planetary neighbors for a kid-friendly introduction to astronomy and space.

  • Item #: 059663
    ISBN: 9780794531393
    Retail: $9.99
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    Learn the culture and history of Ancient Egypt in a fun, tangible way! Read about different elements of daily life, find the matching sticker, and put it in the right place. Learn about their clothing, jobs, entertainment, the Nile River, and more! Parents, there is a section about the Egyptian gods and magic charms, but these are presented from a purely informational standpoint. 32 softcover pages with over 120 stickers. – Laura

  • Item #: 059009
    ISBN: 9780310725756
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.80

    If you have a comic book reader, the Adventure Bible Handbook might be a great way to interest them in reading stories from the Bible. Travel with the children of an archeologist throughout the Holy Land as they go in search of their missing father. In their quest to find Dad, they travel back in time with unusual tour guides who use RSP (really smart phones) devices to reach their destinations. They travel by hang glider, camel, kayak, and more, learning first-hand about places and events along the way. As unusual as this approach might seem, the Adventure Bible Handbook takes children on a chronological tour of major events. After meeting all the characters of the story, begin at the Garden of Eden, then go to the flood and see how large the ark really was; visit the Tower of Babel, meet Abraham and his family, then travel with Joseph to Egypt before moving on through other Bible events. For each stop in the story, you will not only read about the group of travelers, there will be photos of the area, items found there, explanation of unusual terms, and a Bible summary of that particular event. There may also be a scripture quotation (NIrV unless otherwise noted) or reference, so you can read more on the subject. The good news is that the children find their father, but they learn so much as they are searching.

    Some great resources are also found in this handbook. In the front of this 240-page hardcover book is a list of the pages on which you can find references to the books of the Bible (chronologically) and a list of the stories that are covered in the Adventure Bible Handbook. The back of the book includes a reading guide to the Bible, the Apostles' Creed, scripture index that tells you the page of the handbook on which you can find a particular scripture, a subject index, and a guide to the images (photos) used in the handbook. Your child can also access games and activities to accompany their Adventure Bible Handbook at www.AdventureBible.com.

    Use the Adventure Bible Handbook to get your child interested in God's Word and to introduce them to the adventure and excitement of the events that are foundational to the Christian faith. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 058443
    ISBN: 9780983180098
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $36.95

    The study of science begins with an appreciation of the world about us - the living, breathing creation that is ours to enjoy. The beauty of our natural world surrounds us. It encompasses the rising sun in the early morn, overflows the river beds, and spans the wings of eagles. Teaching our children to appreciate the beauty and the science of their natural world is a goal worthy of the consideration of parents and teachers alike.

    This charming 1950s reprint has been designed to assist you in teaching the natural sciences. Offering 100 lessons that follow a traditional monthly school schedule, September through June, each lesson begins with an overview, explanatory information, and any necessary teacher preparations. The activities that follow provide the core of the lessons. Activities are divided into four areas: All Grades (1-8); Primary Grades (1-3); Intermediate Grades (3-5) and Junior Grades (5-8). Overlapping grade recommendations are numerous, making this a perfect resource for homeschool families and multi-level co-ops or classrooms. A listing of recommended books and web links is included to further expand lessons. A sampling of lessons included are: Animal life in the classroom, Birds going South, Autumn colors, planting bulbs, Insects-friends and foes in Autumn; How Plants/Animals prepare for Winter; Stars in December; Winter Habits of Some Wild Mammals; Who Has Seen the Wind?; Classroom Hatcheries; Nature Excursions in the Spring; and many more! Also included are monthly calendars which correspond to each unit and provide additional observations and activities.

    Let me share from Lesson 61 - Little Things We Seldom See-Germs: "What a thrill to the Dutch janitor Leeuwenhoek when, with lenses ground by himself, he saw 'wee beasties-a thousand times smaller than a louse's eye' in a drop of water! What he saw were the first bacteria seen by human eyes. These tiny, living things eat and grow, travel and multiply, and live lives as real as those of any other plants or animals. They live in almost every sort of place: in water, in soil, in air, on dust, in milk and other food, in and on our bodies; we cannot escape them…" Activity suggestions for all grade reinforces that germs hitchhike on drops of saliva, the breath, handkerchiefs, pencils etc. and asks students to make a mural entitled, "Little Hitchhikers." A Primary and Junior Grade activity is to illustrate a poem on germs. Junior and Intermediate Grade activities include: Observing raw milk and pasteurized milk for a few days to determine which milk sours first and reading a poem entitled, "Mushroom Song."

    All in all, this resource provides a wealth of instructional information to engage children in learning about the natural world around them. Lessons are easy to follow and provide ample activity suggestions, allowing you to do them all or to pick and choose activities to best meet your educational goals. As a family who incorporated nature studies throughout our home-learning, this would have quickly become a "go-to" resource, along with the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock, as the lessons are more specific to younger and middle school children along with more age-appropriate activities. Black and White Illustrations abound. Detailed Index. 445 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 056615
    ISBN: 9780763645618
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.55

    As a bird enthusiast, I am not easily impressed when a new birding for beginners type book lands on my desk. Many of the books are written from the same perspective - here is how to do it, and here is a catalog of common birds to go out and find. Taking a different spin on bird watching, this book piqued my interest level. Yes, it does begin with the basics necessary to the new bird watching enthusiast, but it narrows the focus to a location we all are familiar with…our own backyard (or sky outside our window for those without a yard.) The author walks you gently through the usual and unusual places that birds can be found and introduces the value of nature sketching.

    However, this is where the similarity to other introductory bird books ends. Beginning with the importance of observation, she leads children through bird identification by color and shape including the perched and flight silhouettes, bills, feet, and crests. She also encourages observation of behavior, sounds, habitats and other fine details before introducing the value of field guides, migration and classification. Bird sketching tips are intermingled throughout the text. An excellent introduction to bird watching or a valuable companion to the bird field guides on your shelf. Graphically detailed with colorful illustrations and textual information, reminiscent of an Usborne book. Recommended resources and web link provided. 55 pgs, hc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 055198
    ISBN: 9780794532956
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    I would have loved this book as a kid! Not only did I love stickers, but I also enjoyed learning about pretty paintings and different parts of the world. Everything from the font used in the text to the illustrations is done to appeal to kids. Ten pages of full-color stickers and 31 pages of interesting tidbits about the art and artists combine when students are asked to place the sticker on the muted-color version of the artwork. Information about the artist, the materials they liked to use, where they are from and how they liked to paint are in small captions of text among pictures. It is very insightful and would be a great start to a biographical study of an artist. Since there is no space for drawing within the sticker book itself, you may want to hand your students a sketchpad and some colored pencils to unleash their creativity—they will surely be inspired! This great visual supplement for art or world history class would also make a fine gift for your favorite art aficionado. ~ Sara