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  • Item #: 060908
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    These six transparent pieces are great for experimenting with volume. Most pieces have one side missing to hold a wide variety of items. However, the sphere contains a 1.5 cm diameter hole for putting in contents. Set includes a cone (4 1/2” x 4 1/2"), cylinder (4” x 4” x 4 1/2"), 4-sided pyramid (4 1/8’ x 4 1/8” x 4 1/2”), cube (4”), and rectangular solid (4” x 4” x 2”). Fill them with liquids, 1 cm blocks, sand, etc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 048128
    Retail: $6.99
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    Demonstrate the volume of a liter visually with this liter volume cube. The clear plastic cube holds exactly 1000 mL and features horizontally lined 100 mL calibration markings. It can hold liquid or 1000 centimeter or unit cubes. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 031382
    ISBN: 9780979852480
    Retail: $15.00
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    Drama about two sons trying to manipulate their father to achieve their own selfish ends. 21 min./14 min. (The publishers recommend that parents preview Prodigal Sons before showing it to children; some scenes include smoking and people in a bar.)
  • Item #: 068310
    Retail: $0.00
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  • Item #: 023661
    ISBN: 9780471138136
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.75

    A delightful way to introduce math concepts! This book contains 14 chapters, each covering one math topic. Math concepts are explained in terms of cooking, i.e. kitchen utensils, recipes, or food. Each chapter includes one set of practice problems followed by several recipes that apply the concept. Recipes might ask you to convert an ingredient from milliliters to cups, to precisely measure the diameter of cookie dough balls, or to find the area of a brownie. Covers metric and customary measurement, volume, weight, temperature, multiplication, division, estimation, fractions, percents, area, diameter, and circumference. - Anh

  • Item #: 058061
    Retail: $13.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    A base ten set with a difference – the "cube" is a clear acrylic box calibrated in 100 ml intervals with a lid. Not sure what it's for? Well, did you know that the mass of a base ten "flat" (100 cm cubes) equals 100 ml? So, the liter box (10 x 100 ml) "houses" the orange base ten set (9 flats, 9 rods, & 10 units; i.e. a cubic decimeter) perfectly. This is the perfect set to show the relationship between cm/liters/milliliters. The calibrated box allows for experimenting with liquids; demonstrating volume concepts, and volume/mass relationships. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 013718
    ISBN: 9781583242766
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.75

    Armed with this book and a small set of pattern blocks, you'll be ready to have some fun with your young one exploring all kinds of math concepts. Similar to the Math Discoveries books, this volume has a little broader range while retaining the fun flavor of those explorations. Every "lesson" has a Focal Point which explains its goal. This is followed by a short materials list (usually just pattern blocks) and instructions for leading the activity. A nice additional feature is the Guided Learning section which gives you a little scripted dialogue to use after the activity. An extension activity is also provided at the bottom of each teacher page which invites you to "Explore More with PB" (PB being a little mascot character). Facing this teaching page is the activity page itself – very crisply and cleanly done. While the activities are fun and informal, the amount and breadth of learning is impressive. After an exploration and discovery unit, this 133-page volume covers numbers & operations, geometry, measurement, algebra and probability & statistics. Activities within these units are orderly, beginning with simple concepts and building to more complex. For example, the Algebra section begins with simple patterns and sequences and culminates with an activity titled "Guess the Robot's Secret" which introduces functions. So while "playing" and having guided fun with pattern blocks, your child is getting some real meat in their math diet. The groundwork you lay here will pay off later when some of these mental connections are already in place for higher level math work.

  • Item #: RBW2ND
    Retail: $561.01
    Rainbow Price: $439.95

    2nd grade package features Horizons Phonics & Reading for language arts, Saxon Math 2 and manipulative kit, Story of the World Volume 1 and Volume 1 Activity Book, Exploring Creation with Astronomy text, Exploring Creation with Astronomy Jr. Notebooking Journal and the Astronomy lab kit (packaged by Nature's Workshop).

    The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia is a required resource. If you do not already have a copy, you will need to purchase one separately.

  • Item #: 057312
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    This is a set of transparent, 3-D, geometrical shapes and includes sphere, hemisphere, cone, cylinder, two pyramids (one triangular base, one square base), triangular prism, hexagonal prism, cube, and three cuboids. Each shape has a removable end for measuring volume and is approximately 2 inches. This same set is included in Kit II of Shiller Math (#045765). ~ Donna

  • Item #: 048127
    Retail: $0.00
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    This set of three clear polypropylene plastic pitchers will come in handy for science experiments. Each pitcher has measurement lines (ounces and liters) marked in red. Pitcher sizes are: 32 oz./1L, 16 oz./500 ml, and 8 oz./250 ml. The pitchers have handles and stack inside each other for easy storage. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 060738
    ISBN: 9781483816982
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.75

    Bright rainbow colors are fun to "play" with as children learn about gallons, quarts, cups and pints. Eight complete sets make it a fun group or classroom option. Gallon Man is a robot-looking creature with a purple head, red body (gallon) and orange (quart), green (pint), and blue (cup) limbs. Pieces are made of flat sturdy cardstock and are each labeled with the appropriate measurement. If using with several children, I would laminate them for longer wear. The gallon piece is a 5" square and all other pieces fit on him accordingly (4 quarts on the gallon, or 8 pints, or 16 cups). As students play with their creation, they can easily see how 2 cups are the same as 1 pint, etc. Use for hands-on practice, content review, centers, brain-breaks or as take-home manipulatives. 240pcs -- Sara

  • Item #: 018399
    ISBN: 9781565770188
    Retail: $127.20
    Rainbow Price: $88.95

    Home Study Kit includes: teacher edition, meeting book, set of two student books and flash cards. No manipulatives are included in the Home Study Kit; those are a separate purchase with several different options available. 130 lessons cover: skip counting; ordinal positions; sorting rules and patterns; solving problems; mastering basic addition and most basic subtraction facts; adding 2-digit numbers without regrouping; measuring; comparing volume, mass and area; counting money; telling time to half-hour; identifying polygons; graphing.

  • Item #: 015362
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.25

    This 17-pc set is ideally constructed for all types of liquid and solid measurement activities. Clear see-through components include blue tinted removable plugs at the base. Great for volume comparisons and relationships between various solids. Removable bases can also be used for plane geometry. Shapes include: Large square prism, small square prism, large rectangular prism, small rectangular prism, pentagonal prism, hexagonal prism, large triangular prism, small triangular prism, square pyramid, triangular pyramid, pentagonal pyramid, hexagonal pyramid, large cylinder, small cylinder, cone, sphere, and hemisphere. A solid value.

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 004002
    Retail: $25.95
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  • Item #: 024197
    Retail: $54.99
    Rainbow Price: $36.95

    More teaching features make this a more educational tool than a toy. Coin reader identifies real or plastic (included) coins and even quizzes your children! There are four built-in games (teaching coin identification, addition, subtraction and place value) that increase in difficulty as players improve their math skills. Checkout scanner is built in, as is a real working scale. Three-line large display includes type of transaction (just like a real register!) and prompts "cashier" to run credit card through. Register comes equipped with sounds, lights and voice messages - AND a volume control. An automatic shutoff will turn off unit when not in use to save on batteries. These (three "C") are not included, but play money, coupon and Bank One credit card are.

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 041166
    Retail: $38.95
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  • Item #: 045765
    Retail: $249.95
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  • Item #: 049186
    ISBN: 9780740322457
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.45
    (Information below provided by Alpha Omega Publications)

    Prepare your middle school student to excel at upper-level math with the new Horizons Pre-Algebra course! Along with exciting real life applications, this year long math course takes students from basic operations in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, roots, and exponents and introduces them to math-building concepts in algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Divided in to 160 lessons, this course comes complete with one consumable student book, a student test and resources book and an easy-to-use teacher's guide. Every block of ten lessons begins with a challenging set of problems that prepares students for standardized math testing and features personal interviews showing how individuals make use of math in everyday life.

    Horizons Pre-Algebra includes several areas of new content, including:

    • Absolute Value
    • Volume and Surface Area of Solids
    • Transformations and Nets
    • Compound Interest
    • Representations of Data
    • Permutations, Combinations, and Odds and Events
    • Two Variable Equations
    • Four Operations with Monomials and Polynomials
    • Trigonometric Ratios

    The Horizons Pre-Algebra Tests and Resources Book includes tests from the student books and worksheets from the teacher's guides of previous Horizons math courses. This book also provides tear-out tests, exams, and worksheets, as well as full-color net diagrams, algebra squares manipulatives on cardstock, and formula strips for tests and exams. (Perfect-bound, consumable, 8.5 x 11, 240 pages).

    To see a sample of the Tests and Resources book click here.

  • Item #: 049188
    ISBN: 9780740322426
    Retail: $99.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.95
    (Information below provided by Alpha Omega Publications)

    Prepare your middle school student to excel at upper-level math with the new Horizons Pre-Algebra course! Along with exciting real life applications, this year long math course takes students from basic operations in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, roots, and exponents and introduces them to math-building concepts in algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Divided in to 160 lessons, this course comes complete with one consumable student book, a student test and resources book and an easy-to-use teacher's guide. Every block of ten lessons begins with a challenging set of problems that prepares students for standardized math testing and features personal interviews showing how individuals make use of math in everyday life.

    Horizons Pre-Algebra includes several areas of new content, including:

    • Absolute Value
    • Volume and Surface Area of Solids
    • Transformations and Nets
    • Compound Interest
    • Representations of Data
    • Permutations, Combinations, and Odds and Events
    • Two Variable Equations
    • Four Operations with Monomials and Polynomials
    • Trigonometric Ratios

    The set consists of the student book, teacher's guide and tests/resource book. Similar in format to other Horizons K-6 courses, the consumable, full-color Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book includes 160 daily lessons. Each lesson begins with a teaching box that details the new concept. A class work section has been added to this area of the lesson for guided practice of the new concept. Typical of other Horizons math courses, the activities section of each lesson includes a set of practice problems for the new concept and review problems for previously covered concepts. Another new feature of the Student Book is a set of college test prep questions that follows each block of 10 lessons. These problems are designed to help students prepare for standardized math testing. This book also includes a new collection of interviews with everyday people who use math in their daily vocations. Setting the stage for each group of lessons, these interviews bring the lessons to life by adding a human interest touch to word problems. (Perfect-bound, full-color, 8.5 x 11, 360 pages). The Horizons Pre-Algebra Teacher's Guide includes a readiness test, scope and sequence, appearance of concept charts, teaching tips for each lesson, reduced student and worksheet pages with solution keys for daily lessons, tests, exams, and worksheets. (Perfect-bound, black-and-white, 8.5 x 11, 400 pages). The Horizons Pre-Algebra Tests and Resources Book includes tests from the student books and worksheets from the teacher's guides of previous Horizons math courses. This book also provides tear-out tests, exams, and worksheets, as well as full-color net diagrams, algebra squares manipulatives on cardstock, and formula strips for tests and exams. (Perfect-bound, consumable, 8.5 x 11, 240 pages)

    Please see individual component descriptions to find PDF samples of each.

  • 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 #: 046318
    ISBN: 9781892427403
    Retail: $49.95
    Rainbow Price: $44.95

    There are definitely times when I pick up a new item and find myself saying "Wow – I sure wish this was around when I was being homeschooled!" I had a moment just like that while I was looking at this map program. I loved maps and geography. Actually, I still do. So when I had the opportunity to explore this program, I was very excited. The concept is very simple: these are pdf maps that can be manipulated to show just what you need – you can add or subtract names, borders, rivers, color, cities, and physical features at will. Keep in mind that throughout you can print off any screen you create, which makes this a fantastic resource for many ages and skill levels – and a really great value. There are four main map categories on the home screen: World, USA, Historical, and Thematic. When you click on world you are shown a world map with continents and oceans named. You can create a map at that level or click on one of the names to "zoom in" on a particular area. The next map, again, gives you the option to create a map or "zoom in" to get details on a couple of neighboring countries. There are only a couple of instances where the closest "zoom" will show an individual country (like New Zealand, Australia, Ireland/Northern Ireland), most show a continental region (like Southern Africa or Korean peninsula). The USA category can be explored by state or by region. In a similar manner to the countries, states are shown with their neighbors (though neighbors are only labeled with the state name and rivers – if selected). The category for historical maps is further divided by time period: Ancient (Creation – 33AD), Middle Ages (33 – 1456), Renaissance and Reformation (1457 – 1707), and Modern (1708 – Present). Thematic maps include American history, Explorers, Native Americans, World Wars, Biblical Maps, 20th Century Treaties, and Chinese Dynasties. You can access different maps through several means. The first is the "zoom in" process described above. The second is via the left-hand navigation that pops up as soon as you select any category. This lists all of the major regions or time periods in the category so you can pick from the list quickly. The third way to access maps is via one of the alphabetical indexes unique to each of the four main categories.

    The content doesn't end there. All of the maps used in Mystery of History volumes 1-3 and All American History volumes 1-2 are included in the program. When you select one of those volumes you can either scroll through all of the maps or use the left-hand navigation to find the required map. These maps are not customizable, but are presented as they would be used in the programs.

    Another useful feature is the Teacher's Guide. The resources of the TG will be helpful for learning about this program as well as teaching geography in general: quick start guide, tutorial video, user manual, downloadable MP3 workshops on "Loving Geography" and "Packing a Punch with Timelines and Maps", and several lessons adapted from the book "Hands-On Geography": 50 bright ideas for using outline maps, the 5 themes of geography, how to make a salt-dough map, history and geography, 16 easy mapping projects, and Joseph's Journey.

    As far as supplemental geography resources go, this one is fantastic in scope and depth. With over 350 different maps and the ability to customize as needed, you can incorporate maps and geography into any lesson with ease. Compatible with Windows through Windows7 and requires Adobe Reader 9 or higher. – Zach

  • Item #: 015284
    ISBN: 9781885814296
    Retail: $59.95
    Rainbow Price: $55.95
    The synthesis of years of planning, teaching, writing, and testing, this "Guide to Teach Your Child to Read" is truly inspirational! It incorporates so many great ideas and methods in an unforced, natural manner that it had to be written by a homeschooling mom! Valerie Bendt, author and homeschooling mother of six, has provided yet another wonderful tool to help us teach efficiently, effectively and personally! The course consists of 108 lessons which the author recommends using at the rate of 3 lessons per week with review and reinforcement of skills in between. Employing an approach similar to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, this low-stress (for teacher and student), gentle format allows you to sit alongside your child and enjoy a one-on-one adventure in learning to read. While Valerie has borrowed some great ideas from methods employed in that volume, her offering is distinctively different, too - both in format and, more notably, implementation. While both volumes are constructed as beginning reading programs (not intended as totally comprehensive phonics instruction), the instruction in Reading Made Easy goes far beyond teaching phonics rules to become a more fluid and total age- and skill-appropriate language arts presentation for the beginning reader. Valerie's program also puts much more emphasis on the value and enjoyment of reading and on instilling a love of the written word in your child than any other phonics/reading program I've seen. She incorporates multi-sensory learning that will appeal to children of all learning modalities, using both kinesthetic manipulation (via cards and drawings) and auditory exercises. Whether instinctively or deliberately, she has created an almost ideal reading program to incorporate many of the "multiple-intelligences" as well! But, enough with the praise! On to the nuts and bolts of the program! Like Teach Your Child..., the lessons are meant to be taught side-by-side, preferably close enough to snuggle. Scripted lessons generally begin with skill review and practice, then progress to introduction of new phonetic constructs (and/or sight words) and end with reading practice. A special system of marking is used to enable the beginning reader to quickly master new and unfamiliar rules. Stories are all captivating, entertaining, and illustrated with a simple black-and-white illustration. Reading comprehension is incorporated in the reading exercises even at the earliest levels. Both volumes will have your child reading simple chapter books by the end of instruction. This is where the similarities end. Now for the differences in both format and content. While Teach Your Child... uses larger type face in the beginning, progressing to a smaller (but still bolder) typeface at book's end, Valerie employs a consistent point size throughout. The type size is roughly the same as the ending type in Teach Your Child.... This will be better with older beginning readers, but may deter the very young reader. However, the marking system used in Reading Made Easy is less distracting. Teach Your Child... uses overlines to indicate long vowels and makes silent letters smaller (in comparison). Consonant digraphs are shown by actually joining the letters. When you put this all together it looks a little - well, funny. The reader is weaned from these special markings by the end of the volume, however, and typeset becomes consistent. Valerie uses more evenly-sized lettering throughout, graying short vowels, bolding long ones, and "ghosting" silent letters (forming them with dots instead of solid lines). Blends and digraphs are circled, a visual cue that they work as a phonetic unit. This system of marking is employed throughout the program in reading sections. Some weaning is done in copywork and sentence work, however. As a whole, the text has a less cluttered appearance than Teach Your Child. I appreciate Valerie's scripted text being in a different font rather than in the red ink found in the latter. Missing also are the arrows beneath every practice letter, word, and sentence. If your child has an extremely difficult time with left-to-right tracking, you might appreciate the arrows; if not, it just adds extra busy-ness to the page. I do miss the stand-out bolding found in Teach Your Child. Some children may find it easier to ignore the rest of the writing on the pages if their "part" really stands out. If you plan on using Italic Handwriting, Valerie's use of LucidaSansSchool font (used in Portland State's Italic Handwriting program) will appeal. If you plan on using a pre-cursive (or modern manuscript) program, ditto. Reading Made Easy also uses a written "a" while Teach Your Child uses a typeset "a". Reading Made Easy covers a little more phonics "ground" than Teach Your Child and includes a list of phonetic constructs at the end of the book for concepts not covered in the body of the book. The biggest differences in the two programs, though, is in their implementation. Lessons in Reading Made Easy are far more "spontaneous" and offer more variety in format. Impromptu games and activities are sprinkled liberally throughout, giving the program a more playful nature. Parents construct Sight Word Worms and a Sight Word Bingo game to help children add critical sight words to their reading repertoire. The incorporation of these in stories then results in more natural, interesting reading selections. Children are encouraged to flex their artistic wings by duplicating simple illustrations and writing is incorporated as they first write sentences, then stories to accompany them. Index cards are used extensively (buy lots of them!) for preparing aids to learn word and sentence construction. Many lessons include putting words from a simple sentence on cards (one word per card and usually marked using Valerie's notations), mixing, then having your child reconstruct the sentence. This kinesthetic activity helps children understand capitalization, ending punctuation, and sentence construction from early on. While all lessons include a short reading selection to reinforce your instruction, the final lessons in Reading Made Easy contain a real chapter book. In each of twelve lessons, you read a chapter of the story after which your child reads a simpler (but not too watered-down) adaptation written at his level of reading ability. Copywork is also included in most lessons (in the tradition of Ruth Beechick), but the author suggests omitting it if your child's fine motor skills are not ready for additional writing. One final feature that every mom will appreciate is ending each lesson with read-aloud time from a book of your choice (Valerie has thoughtfully included a list of recommended picture and chapter books in the ending section of the book). We all know that reading to our children regularly increases both reading aptitude and appreciation. This inclusion assures that we will make the time for it and provides our children with a fitting "reward" for completing each lesson. Reading Made Easy is now available in paperback format or on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM contains .pdf files of all pages and a 55-minute audio workshop entitled "Teaching Your Child to Read."
  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
    Retail: $27.00
    Rainbow Price: $26.50

    Indeed a sound approach to reading, this program is a solid, phonetically comprehensive program with reinforcing reading text incorporated directly in the book. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between Alphaphonics and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but with improved teacher instruction, lesson implementation, and textual presentation. As in those popular programs, your child will begin reading as soon as the first letter sounds are taught. And, in a mere 90 "byte-sized" lessons, your child will be reading at a beginning 3rd grade reading level. This program is also recommended for both remedial and ELL students. In fact, the school version of this program it is currently being used in more than 20 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

    Prior to beginning the lessons in this book, your child should have letter name and recognition skills and some phonemic awareness (the author provides background and methods for teaching these, or use another product that teaches these skills; see our Early Childhood section). You will want to read all of the preliminary teacher pages before actually starting lessons; otherwise you will miss out on helpful background information and other resources provided for you. While instruction in each lesson is devoted to reading, the author presents a great spelling methodology, complete with word lists, to integrate with lessons along with (brief) guidelines for incorporating handwriting, vocabulary, and creative writing into the program. Also in the intro section are specific instructions for teaching letter sounds, blending, playing Scramble Spell, and other implementation directions which would be redundant to include in each lesson. You should also teach the first four letter sounds introduced (a, t, s, c) BEFORE lesson 1-1, using the approach outlined in the teacher section. Here, the author strongly recommends using a set of flashcards WITHOUT pictures on them (such as the Alphabet Basics cards we've included below).

    The program teaches roughly 80 common sound/spelling patterns, based on the Orton-Gillingham phonograms as well as nearly all of the 100 most common sight words. I appreciate the author's sentiment below her Sequence of Skills table as she says, "Words from the list of 100 most common sight words that are not listed here are words that are decodable," as this echoes one of my pet peeves. Too many programs introduce phonetically decodable words as "sight words". Other features that captivate my heart for phonetic instruction are: integrated review of previously-learned sounds in each lesson; large, readable font with initial extra spacing between words and letters; immediate phonetic skill reinforcement in reading selections; word "play" incorporated into spelling lessons; longer "introduction" of each short vowel sound to prevent confusion; emphasis on blending from the beginning; and helpful review of phonograms by phoneme (yes!) in the latter lessons.

    Prior to the first lesson, a "How to Teach Sound Bytes Lessons" section concisely recaps directions in the teacher section of the book. Most lessons follow a similar format. Previously introduced sounds are reviewed, 1-2 new sounds are introduced, sight words (if any) are presented, new sounds are practiced in words, then sentences, and a story using only old and newly learned sounds and sight words is read. Lessons should take from 15-30 minutes per day. Lessons are generally grouped into units of 5 (lesson 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5), though there is no apparent reason for the grouping (maybe to accommodate a 5-day school week?). Units are also divided into chapters. Chapter One (38 lessons) teaches letter sounds and CVC words, ending with an impressively-long reading selection. Chapter Two (10 lessons) focuses on long vowel, silent-e constructions. Chapter Three (25 lessons) covers more advanced phonemes like r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, silent letters, and multi-syllabic words. Chapter Four (17 lessons) is "Challenge". Here is the synthesis of phonograms by sound as well as some final review and a list of additional sound patterns not included in the lessons. Font size and spacing between letters and words on the student pages tapers as the student progresses but, even at the end, is not too small or tight for an early reader. Line drawings scattered throughout the volume are sparse, attractive and non-distracting.

    The author suggests that your child practice handwriting the capital letters when learning letter NAMES and practice handwriting lower-case letters when learning the letter SOUNDS in this program. This can be done informally with a ruled white board (or paper) and marker or by using a beginning handwriting book (see descriptions and graphics on our website).

    I would strongly suggest incorporating the author's Scramble Spell game (word lists included) into most lessons rather than a standard spelling program, especially for beginning readers. This provides additional reinforcement for newly-learned sounds and adds a kinesthetic element to the lessons. By making additional words from an initial "base" word you explore onsets and rimes, word building, and practice encoding without all of the writing and rewriting that might turn your fun learning session into "work". A set of paper letter "cards" is provided in the book, but you may want to use a ready-made set of letter tiles or manipulatives for this (some suggestions below). If you want your child to have more practice actually writing words, follow her advice for incorporating creative writing into the program. Even the youngest students will enjoy making their own books that align with their budding language skills.

    The author suggests following up her program by having your child read books from a carefully sequenced list included at the end of the book. She thoughtfully provides lexile scores, implementation instructions, and further resources for locating other appropriate reading materials.