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  • Item #: 061366
    ISBN: 9781622750702
    Retail: $11.95
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    One of the most powerful cooperative knowledge tools of our time is revealed. Users will learn about how wikis came about and how they are used to share information and how latest features and technologies are included.

  • Item #: 061365
    ISBN: 9781622750733
    Retail: $11.95
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    This book gives an in depth look on what website are, how they came about and evolved, and what elements make them up. This book explains website basics such as html and how modern servers and features drive websites to create a better user experience.

  • Item #: 061364
    ISBN: 9781622750764
    Retail: $11.95
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    Social networks have become part of our everyday lives. This book shares how individuals and businesses might use social networks. Safe and responsible use tips are included throughout.

  • Item #: 061363
    ISBN: 9781622750825
    Retail: $11.95
    Rainbow Price: $4.02

    Arguably the most important skill a student can have in this technological era, this book informs the reader about how search engines work and more importantly, how to get meaningful search results.

  • Item #: 061362
    ISBN: 9781622750795
    Retail: $11.95
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    To understand how today technical programs and sites run, you must understand what is behind them. This book shows exactly how databases run our technology and the elements that make them function so effectively.

  • Item #: 048859
    ISBN: 9780975494219
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Fascinating facts about wildlife, coupled with drawing instruction for the beginning nature journalist, make this a perfect supplement to the Handbook of Nature Study or other nature instructional text. Each two- or four-page spread is devoted to a different animal and contains: a good amount of interesting information about the animal; one or more artist-rendered sketches; and step-by-step drawing instructions to sketch the animal yourself. The book was written and illustrated by a husband and wife team, Colleen and Michael Monroe. Colleen is the writer, and she has included interesting and sometimes surprising facts about each subject (did you know that newborn fawns are born with no scent to protect them from predators?). Michael is a nationally known, award-winning (and self-taught) wildlife artist who spends most of his year visiting schools around the country, encouraging children to never give up on their dreams. His love of nature and wildlife is reflected in the sketches which adorn each page. The drawing instruction is detailed, begins with simple shapes, includes written instruction for adding features through the illustrated progression of steps, and ends with a completed sketch that very closely resembles part of the artist's depiction. Two pages of drawing tips, including a mini-lesson on shading, precede the actual text. Subjects include: hummingbirds, birds, ducks, loons, turtles, herons, frogs, rabbits, white-tailed deer, white-tailed fawns, owls, bears, and wolves. The book ends with some simple things you can do to help wildlife like keeping dangerous litter contained, building birdhouses, and planting flowers. The book is about 36 pages in landscape format with a hard cover, making it a little more durable for outdoor use.

  • Item #: 034987
    ISBN: 9781465402547
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.30

    This wonderful resource will have your children begging to prepare meals! Beginning with an introduction on how to use the book, kitchen hygiene and healthy eating, you are quickly swept away by the detailed graphics and illustrations that we have come to know and love from DK Publishers. Cooking terminology, food preparation and baking tips are all defined in words and pictures making this valuable for those of us who learn better through pictures than words. One hundred easy-to-prepare recipes are included in four categories - breakfast bites, light bites, main meals and sweet things. Here is a sampling of the feast your children may prepare for you: Crisscross Ham Bruschetta appetizer, Tomato and Couscous Salad, Chicken Satay Kebabs, and a no-bake, chocolaty graham cracker Fridge Cake. Prepare to have your palate satisfied by this deliciously delightful cookbook! Tips for planning a party and picnic times are also included. HC. 128 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 039046
    ISBN: 9780865306684
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
  • Item #: 000202
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.39

    Race against the clock with three new polar-themed games and an electronic timer – that can go off at random times! The timer is adorned with the blue Spot It! Hand Mascot., and it doubles as a card storage case. You can also use it with any other Spot It! sets you own. Includes 55 cards, timer/card case, and rules

  • Item #: 007752
    ISBN: 9781939814470
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.50

    The Printing Power Plus Workbook Set includes the Printing Power workbook, plus a new workbook, Kick Start Cursive. In Kick Start Cursive, students learn beginning cursive using Handwriting Without Tears' simple, continuous strokes. It provides gentle instruction and practice to ease the transition into the Grade 3 program. The 2nd Grade Teacher's Guide includes a short chapter on Kick Start Cursive, if you decide to use it.

  • Item #: 005940
    ISBN: 9781623411176
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.00

    Now there's no reason to wait until your student is in 3rd grade. Bible Heroes is an excellent language arts bridge from IEW's Primary Arts of Language to their theme-based writing lessons. Or you might decide to use it as a new entry point for the IEW program (as you finish your favorite phonics/reading program). Either way, I think you will be very pleased with what this program supplies – lessons that not only provide instruction in writing with structure and style (as the name implies), but also introductory grammar and Bible. The 27 lessons cover IEW Unit 1 (two lessons teaching Key Word Outlines), Unit 2 (seven lessons on Writing from KWOs), Unit 3 (twelve lessons on Summarizing Narrative Stories), Unit 4 (three lessons on Summarizing References), Unit 5 (three lessons on Writing From Pictures), and Unit 7 (one lesson on Creative Writing) The approach is solidly multi-sensory. Lessons include verbal and written activities as well as games for reinforcement and all source material is taken from the Bible. Although the target audience for this course is 1st-2nd grade, material can be adapted for up to 5th grade.

    The consumable Student Book provides instructions which are to be read to the student, additional gray boxes that have notes to the teacher, and space for students to complete lessons and writing assignments. Appendices include: styles helps, game pieces (cardstock), and vocabulary cards (also cardstock).

    Purchasers of this course have access to two free downloads from the IEW website. One of the downloads is the Student Resource Notebook (also available for purchase in hard copy format). It provides supplementary and reference material needed by the student. The other download is the Bible Heroes Teacher's E-book; this Teacher's Manual is a vital part of the course and its use is expected. It provides more detailed instructions for each lesson, a scope and sequence chart, ideas for discussion of each hero and virtue, answers to review questions, sample key word outlines, brainstorming pages, instruction for games and activities, copies of checklists, and copies of game boards. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 036002
    ISBN: 9781623412197
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $35.00

    Rarely has a book appealed more to me at first glance. Remaining uncluttered, the concept of "playing with words" is evident in the colorful, graphic font manipulations (lines of type that sway), the cute illustrations, and the lists wonderful, whimsical, but never wayward words. This is a book about choosing the right word when you write. I use the word "appealing" quite a bit, so I thought I would look through the lists in this book and find a new one. I quickly discovered that this little diction worktext did not include "appealing" in any of its lists (or at least not that I could find). That means that I could put it in a "my words" section on one of the list. Would it best go on the Cheerful Clown Fish page or the Exuberant Sea Otter page or perhaps under the Ways to Describe Appearance or the Ways of Speaking list?

    Confused yet? This not-quite-a-vocabulary program, not-quite-a-thesaurus – it's all about discovering just the right word to use when writing. It features structured word lists organized around Character Traits, Ways to Describe, and Ways to Move with a few miscellaneous lists thrown in for good measure. Each list contains nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Students are encouraged to playfully interact with these lists with the goal of acquiring quality word choices to incorporate into their writing. Using games and family activities to become familiar with the layout and content of the book, students can then use it independently as they endeavor to interject more definitive word selections into their compositions. Interspersed throughout the book are "Quotes to Inspire Your Writing" taken from classic literature as well as biblical quotes designed to underscore whatever topic is the focus of that page's lists.

    The suggested grade levels for this product indicate it should be used by emerging writers – those who need to find exactly the right word – as they practice their writing skills. Such a student might scan the Generous Manatee list looking for "ly" words (abundantly, bounteously, copiously), or strong adjectives (exorbitant, magnanimous, plenteous) or verbs (showered, bestowed) and feel quite empowered by the choices. However, I also think much younger children (upper elementary) could benefit from this book – becoming familiar with the lists, playing around with the words, etc. I can also easily imagine using this book myself as I seek alternatives to my overused word choices.

    At less than 100 pages, one might think this spiral-bound volume by Loranna Schwaeofer published by IEW is a bit pricey. Although it is reproducible for one homeschooling family or classroom, some of the colorful charm will be lost. Also, each student may want to personalize his own well-worn copy. The fact is, I know of nothing else quite like it – an opportunity to build one's vocabulary, a tool for strengthening one's ability to write with style, and a delightful immersion into the world of words. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 049228
    ISBN: 9780996505710
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $34.95

    Right-handed or left-handed, simple shapes, finger tracing, color-coding, catchy repetitive phrases and lots of practice make this single handwriting instruction book quite unique. Use it with big kids to littles. Its not juvenile looking, but also without a complicated design. Using the horizontal format with a top spiral at the top, work through the pages from the front, then flip over and work through the back sides. The four basic shapes are color coded: orange ovals, lime loops, silver swings and mauve mounds. Finger tracing builds muscle memory. Saying the task steps of a task as you perform them helps reinforce new motor skills. And of course, there is pencil work tracing: inside bubble letters; writing letters; connecting letters, followed by sentences. Each lesson reviews the 4 main shapes. Additionally unique, the letters are grouped by the 4 basic shapes, not in alphabetical order: a good option for visual learners. Its just well done. Whether your child would benefit from these methods, has never mastered cursive, or is a more traditional learner, this is as good a fit. Writing lines are .75" with dotted midline. Each lesson (10 total) can be completed in one 45-60-minute session, or in (up to 4) shorter, weekly lessons spread. 11"x 8.5", 111 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 004017
    ISBN: 9780446370295
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    A massive 1,361-page tome which includes more than 1,500,000 words. At our house, this 3 1/4 pound reference comes in handy all year as the children use it for their schoolwork, but gets a real workout when we're writing descriptions for our catalog. Paperback.

  • Item #: 045499
    Retail: $1.99
    Rainbow Price: $0.90

    This economical dry-erase board has many possible uses. It's a glossy, flexible, two-sided sheet measuring 12" x 9" (and less than a mm thick). One side is blank white while the other contains a centimeter grid of 20 cm squares by 28 cm squares. Thick, blacker lines split the grid horizontally and vertically to form an XY axis, so the board is great for a variety of graphing activities. Use with dry-erase markers. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 005378
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.25

    The Microslide Viewer is an alternative to a microscope. It looks a lot like a microscope, but instead of viewing your own slides or prepared slides, it uses low-power magnification to allow you to view Microslides. A Microslide consists of eight 35mm images photographed from a microscope. Because they are actual photographs, they are much clearer than a normal slide's image. The microslides are stored in clear plastic holders for protection, and arrows call attention to the important features of the image. The strip fits right in the viewer so that you can pull it through to view all eight pictures. As you can see from the list below, plenty of Microslides are available. You can use it inside or outside, as it doesn't require batteries or electricity. Normal classroom light reflects off the white reflector to enable you to see the images clearly. This is a much cheaper alternative to a microscope and slides, without sacrificing image quality. Microslides come in a folder-like card which features information about each slide and includes a holder for the slide itself. A helpful amount of information is normally included for each slide image, including the name of the image, the magnification of the image, background information and points of interest. It's especially helpful when points of interest are labeled with letters, which are repeated on the slide, to make it easy to locate them. It's like getting a guided tour!  Although designed for the Microslide viewer, these slides can also be viewed on a standard microscope, with some adjustment. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 014866
    ISBN: 9780762575701
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Learning your states and capitals and especially the countries of the world can be a daunting task. There really is no easier way than to just keep reviewing and studying them. This placemat offers just that - use it in the classroom to study, or keep it on the table so it will constantly be in view. Both sides are colorful and easy to read, with the degree and time markings across the mat. Laminated for easy cleaning. - Melissa

  • Item #: 011196
    ISBN: 9781615382187
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.55

    If you ever wanted ALL the grammar rules in one place, here you go! Providing rules for capitalization (10), punctuation (15), and 150 grammar facts, these are presented in a logical and systematic sequence. Designed to teach (memorize through a catechetical method of oral recitation of questions and answers) about 30 grammar facts per year. This manual can be used to prepare the grammar stage student for the logic-level skills of diagramming and analysis. Or, you could use it as a reference book. ~ Janice

  • Item #: SSRWL1
    Retail: $264.87
    Rainbow Price: $224.95

    Considering the approach, ease of use, content, child-appeal, benefits, effectiveness and cost of all the phonics programs we were familiar with, Sing, Spell, Read & Write was our choice for personal use. We have used several programs and read about many others. Although we didn't use this program in total with our children (because we extended the spelling, used italic handwriting instead of ball and stick, etc.) we did find it the most used and useful of those we tried. AND the results were wonderful! If you're looking for something to really lay it all out for you, something that works, is easy to use, and will have your child singing the letter sounds in days, followed closely by actually reading...this is what we recommend! Here are some of our reasons:

    The "raceway" theme is very appealing and motivating to children, who love tracking their success via race car around a track as they complete the 36 steps to independent reading.

    The songs are unquestionably contagious - children will sing and sing and sing and learn their letter sounds, long and short vowel sounds, blending vowels and consonants, and digraphs almost effortlessly - and enjoy it! That is, if you can bear to listen to it sung over and over, multiplied by x times the number of children using it throughout the years.

    The 17 phonetic, full-color storybooks cover all 36 steps, providing immediate, rewarding reinforcement for the decoding skill just learned. This makes good sense.

    The games are not just fluff, but real fortification of phonetic skills. They are more fun, however, if you can play with more than one child.

    The teacher training videos included in the set will greatly aid you in understanding/teaching the phonics program - and give you the confidence to do it!

    Included is a complete, phonetic spelling program dove-tailing with the phonetic constructs being learned and a complete handwriting program (if you use ball and stick manuscript).

    thick, four-color workbooks include grammar and creative writing

    phonics songs are contained in both cassette and CD formats

    The two workbooks and the assessment book included in the set are the only consumables in the program. Replacements must be ordered from the publisher.

    To be honest, we have just a few quibbles :

    1. Some of the tapes/voices are not as clear or distinct as a perfectionist might demand. Some may go a little too "fast" for your taste - notably the ferris wheel song used to practice blending sounds smoothly. For us, this was a plus, since we kept at it until we could keep up with the song, resulting in perfect blending!

    2. The "prizes" included are...well...rather cheesy at best and who needs 4 or 5 yo- yos, several plastic magnifiers, multiple thin plastic bracelets, and numerous plastic sack puppets? When using with one child, one of each would do nicely. To alleviate this, see our special offer below.

     

  • Item #: 058524
    ISBN: 9781940129648
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    I have to admit I didn't expect this book to start in the kitchen. It "goes" all the places you might expect handyman repairs, fishing, hunting, even building a log cabin. But it does start in the kitchen. Still, it's definitely a boy's perspective on that room. Written by two homeschool moms, inspired by their active boys and handyman fathers, this is a great "how-to" for teaching all the practical aspects of a young man's education. Geared toward boys ages 9-15, I can also imagine girls enjoying both the practical kitchen basics with mom and time with dad learning some things from "his world." Regardless of how and with whom you choose to use it, you'll find this manual a handy reference. Instruction is straight-forward with just a hint of humor (you like to eat learn to cook) and peppered with helpful black & white illustrations. In the kitchen, there are practical rules like "don't put an empty pot on a hot burner it will ruin the pot!" as well as simple how-tos like washing the dishes and reading a recipe, with a nice selection of simple, healthy recipes. Other sections are more of what the title suggests manners, first aid and safety, around-the-house handyman, working with wood, gardening, outdoor adventures, and learning to manage money. There are lots of projects building a birdhouse, toolbox, log cabin, split-rail fence as well as skill-building gun safety, preparing a budget/bookkeeping, and knot-tying. We want our sons to learn these basic life skills, and it helps tremendously to have a "road map" like this one to lead us. 181 pgs, spiral-binding. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 048498
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.75

     Mount in your kitchen or study room and have instant access to reminders, chore lists or even have a place to explain math problems. White boards are versatile, and one of my favored homeschool resources. I used it to do spelling practice (Hangman, anyone?), work math problems, list daily chores and so much more. Measuring 16 in. x 20 in. this is the perfect size to be helpful without being obtrusive or unsightly. Includes mounting hardware, white board pen and holder, and 2 magnets to hold papers. Just add an eraser! ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 037702
    ISBN: 9781931397438
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $28.75

    This CD-ROM accompanies the Trail Guide to World Geography book. It contains a total of three different notebooks so you can use it for a variety of age groups – the primary notebook is for students up to 4th grade, the intermediate notebook is for 5th-7th grades, and the secondary notebook is for 8th grade through high school levels. Each notebook is approximately 145 pages. The CD-ROM contains more than 80 pages of questions along with spaces to write answers, over 200 templates (general and formatted) for written summaries, drawings, charts, reports, crosswords and pictures, and over 30 reproducible outline maps. You can print out entire notebooks if you wish or specific pages as you need them. Answers to the questions are not included on this CD-ROM; you can find answers in the Trail Guide to World Geography book. Compatible with any Mac or PC with Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 020028
    Retail: $149.95
    Rainbow Price: $143.95

    Chemistry labs can be scary and overwhelming, especially if you don't have a curriculum that lays them out for you. It can be expensive to buy the equipment and many of the chemicals are restricted and difficult to obtain.

    MicroChem Experiment Lab is a kit that takes away some of the pressure and expense of those high school chemistry labs. This kit includes scaled-down amounts of chemicals (about 1/100th the usual amount) and is enough to do experiments about 5 times. By scaling back on the chemicals and using plastic equipment (where possible) the cost is controlled a bit and there is less of a problem with chemical disposal at the end of the course. Chemicals come in dropping' bottles, so they are ready for use. No mixing and less spilling is a definite benefit to this kit. Experiments may cause for a drop' or drops' of a chemical, so the special bottles are great for dispensation.

    The kit includes a 119-page manual that contains introductory information, how to use it, and safety information. The manual includes experiments and instruction for each goals, materials/equipment needed, background information, and step-by-step procedures. Suggested answers are given for questions in each experiment, and solutions to experiments are included at the back of the manual. If you are already using a curriculum and just need labs, an included chart shows correlation to A Beka Chemistry, 2nd ed.; ACE Chemistry, 1996 ed.; Alpha Omega Publications, grade 11 Chemistry; Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry; Bob Jones Chemistry, 3rd ed.; Glencoe Science, Chemistry: Matter and Change; and Prentice Hall, Chemistry. If you are using a different curriculum and just need the labs, just match the labs up to the concept you are studying for a lab companion. This kit isn't a complete chemistry curriculum, so you should be using a course text for explanations; there is also an assumption that students using this kit have knowledge of Algebra.

    There is a lengthy list of items included in the kit. Call our customer service if interested in the complete list; however, the chemicals included are acetic acid, bromophenol blue indicator, calcium nitrate, copper nitrate, glycerin, hydrochloric acid, lead nitrate, nickel nitrate, phenolphthalein indicator paper, potassium hydroxide, potassium iodide, sodium acetate, sodium hydroxide, sodium oxalate, sodium sulfate, sodium thiosulfate, universal indicator paper, zinc nitrate, magnesium sulfate, potassium hydrogen phthalate, cetyl alcohol, and palmitic acid liquids are in 0.1M dropping bottles.

    As with all kits, there is always a list of items you will need to supply. Most are household items black paper, books, felt-tip pens, water soluble ink, distilled water, food coloring, graph paper, ice, matches, natural indicators, paper towels, clear tape, printed paper, scissors, shallow pan, table salt, stapler, source of heat (microwave, stove, etc.), stopwatch or watch with a second hand, table sugar, vinegar, and white paper. Another item mentioned in the experiments is a voltmeter, which you would need to provide. You can either skip those labs or a voltmeter can be purchased at a minimal cost.

    These are real chemistry labs intended for the college-prep level of learning and can be used to really beef-up your high school chemistry course. ~ Donna

    Supplies included in this kit: instruction manual, 9-volt battery, 15mL, 30mL, 150mL plastic beakers, 50mL glass beaker, Capillary tubes, Chromatography paper, Conductivity apparatus, Cotton swabs, Electrolysis device, Felt-tip pen with black, water-soluble ink, 10mL plastic, graduated cylinder, 1.0mL measuring spoon, Graduated, mini, and thin stem pipettes, Plastic toothpicks, 96-well reaction plate, 24-well reaction plate, Rubber bands, 15 cm ruler, Safety goggles, Fine sandpaper, Spring clamp, 6x50 mm test tubes, 12x75 mm test tubes, Celsius thermometer (-10° to 102°C), Washing bottle, Wire gauze, Wood splints, Lab Manual, Acetic acid, Calcium nitrate, Copper nitrate, Hydrochloric acid, Lead nitrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium iodide, Sodium acetate, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium oxalate, Sodium sulfate, Sodium thiosulfate, Zinc nitrate, Magnesium sulfate, Potassium hydrogen phthalate, Cetyl alcohol, Palmitic acid, Bromophenol blue indicator, Glycerin, Phenolphthalein indicator paper, Universal indicator paper, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Zinc. – all solutions are in 0.1M bottles.

    1CHOKING HAZARD (1, 4). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 010029
    ISBN: 9780393253627
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $26.45

      The 4th edition of this Classical favorite updates all product information (eliminating products which are no longer available and substituting new favorites for previous recommendations). The general organization and structure of the book is the same, although a new introduction/overview section on homeschooling high school has been added.

    If you're looking for some real guidance in product/curriculum selection for providing your child with a "classical" education, here it is -- down to the titles of the books and where to find them! These ladies have very clear recommendations for each subject area, both for elementary through eighth grade and high school levels, and they're anxious to share them with you. Written by a mother and her daughter (a second-generation homeschooler), the book provides what many are looking for - concrete, specific recommendations for materials to help in providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive education. Using the trivium as their pattern for education, the book is divided into sections by stage: the Grammar stage (grades K through 4), the Logic stage (grades 5 through 8), and the Rhetoric stage (high school). They wrote this book after coming to the conclusion that "if you want your child to have an excellent education, you need to take charge of it yourself. You don't have to reform your entire school system. All you have to do is teach your own child." And they, very capably, supply you with the when, what, and how of it all from there.

    Jessie Wise taught her daughter, Susan, at home, using the classical method. And Susan, a literature professor at the college of William and Mary in Virginia, uses it with her own three sons. Their experience and knowledge of materials has enabled them to provide us with both a clear explanation of the theory behind a classical education and the means to implement it. Each part of the book begins with a very good description of that stage, how it differs from the others, and what your priorities should be. Then, subject by subject, and grade by grade, they provide much advice about what to teach, schedules for teaching, and many, many curriculum (text and non-text) recommendations. Later sections of the book address socialization, character, time management, grading and record keeping, standardized testing, athletics, dealing with your local school system, getting help (when needed), going to college, working, obtaining materials, and starting in the middle. Appendices list home-education organizations and other resources. Parents who want to provide this type of education will find much support in this volume. Revised in 2009.

  • Item #: 058032
    Retail: $5.40
    Rainbow Price: $3.25

    100 sheets of graph paper in a spiral bound notebook! Need I say more? Pages are not perforated and squares are 1cm on front and back of each page. Use it for math problems, drawing geometric ships, designing patterns, laying out a quilt, art, color study and gradation, enlarging images by hand, etc. 10.5x8" ~Sara

  • Item #: 038136
    Retail: $24.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    Building a model is a lot of fun, especially when it's easy and the model is useful. This solar system model is so easy to assemble that you'll be using it in no time for your astronomy unit. Everything you need is in one box. You'll receive the full set of planets, x-shaped hanging structure, nylon string, paints, paint brush, instruction sheet, and a poster of the solar system. Simply attach the hook and string, snap the planets together, paint them, and hang them. You can even embellish them with glow in the dark paint which is included. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 029090
    ISBN: 9780061715211
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.95

    With this puppy on your shelf, you'll never be at a loss for words. Actually, this is way beyond the puppy level - 1,072 categories with more than 325,000 words and phrases. This is a big book, so let me describe it a little. There are two parts to the book - the first half of the book is arranged by category; the second half is an index. The index is used to find a different meaning of the word you are looking up, which then refers you to the category where you will find a whole paragraph of synonyms and related words. The categories are further arranged by parts of speech: e.g. words related to that one word are divided into nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs for easier use. It's a 1,282-page, paperback book which may require two hands to take down and put back on the shelf, but when its Roget's, you know it's had more than 200 years of polishing and refining. Note: contains some inappropriate language. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 027524
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    On your marks, get set, go! Grip this plastic stopwatch in your palm or slip it's string around your neck and you're ready for a backyard "field day" – or use it to keep track of time spent on the computer. With minutes, seconds, and milliseconds clearly displayed on a digital screen and color-coded buttons (red for stop, green for go, yellow for clear), even the youngest referee will be comfortable with this easy-to-use stopwatch. – Rachel

  • Item #: 057663
    ISBN: 9781579129569
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Some art books are too young, some are too much, well this one is juuuust right for your middle schoolers. Young readers can have a look at famous artists like Van Eyck & Vermeer, Manet & Monet, Klimt & Munch as they also learn art vocabulary. Explore 32 different artists! Lots of color photos and illustrations bring the text to life. Everything from cave paintings to portraiture to learning about museums! You could read it front to back or use it as a reference when looking at a certain time period or location. It is a lovely hardcover book that is certainly gift-worthy. Inside the front cover is an 8.5 x 8.5" envelope with five coloring pages outlining works from Dali, Cassatt, Seurat, Monet, and DaVinci. Add some Prismacolor pencils and you will have one happy young artist! Hc, 96pp, 10x10". ~ Sara

  • Item #: 051083
    ISBN: 9780794531232
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.14

    Most art books talk more about the painting itself than the artist. Here you learn about the person first. Kids learn things they won't get in just any old art book. Learn about the artist as a kid themselves, what they liked to do, and who inspired them. Most of the 35 artists are featured over two-page spreads, with more prolific artists getting four pages. There is a narrative, examples of their work, some representation of the person and where they come from, with snippets of information around the pages with funny little illustrations so it's not all so serious looking. Your students will like the easy-to-read format. This is not a text book, though there is a lot of information in this book. Use it as a starting point for a unit study on art and let kids choose a person to focus on. I think kids who are interested in art or museums will really enjoy this one. ~ Sara