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  • Item #: 000977
    Retail: $79.20
    Rainbow Price: $59.95

    Finally, an affordable binocular, stereo microscope for the younger crowd. The “World of Wonder” Scope has real glass optics, interchangeable eyepieces (10X and 25X), total magnification of 20X and 50X, and top and bottom LED illumination. The scope is battery operated (2AA batteries, not included), measures 10 ¼” height, and portable enough to carry wherever you want to explore. The binocular eyepieces allow young scientists to keep both eyes open, which makes for easier and  more comfortable focus and viewing. Top and bottom illumination allow you to view prepared slides and even solid objects. Two prepared slides (with five specimens) and an experiment guide are also included. This is a good beginner scope with a lot of options!

  • Item #: 066278
    Retail: $44.99
    Rainbow Price: $34.95

     

      This scope combines the convenience of using a smart phone with the fun of building a model. First you build the scope with the materials included in the kit (screwdriver included), then switch on the light, open the camera app on your smart phone and place it on top of the viewer, place your object on the plastic slide (1.5” x 2”), place the slide in the box-shaped SmartScope viewer, and use the dials to bring the object into focus to view the object on the screen on your phone! This makes objects easier to view than looking through the tiny opening of a microscope or hand-held viewer. Study drops of water, insects, and anything else that will fit on the slide. The included poster (22.5” x 33”) highlights some interesting suggestions for things to view both indoors and out, and the guide offers more information for each of those specimens – these are some easily accessible objects that will start your child with the world of microscopy. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 033116
    Retail: $34.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    This is a fine little starter set for your younger scientists. This durable, plastic microscope has three objectives (4X, 10X, 40X) and a 10X eyepiece, dual-focus knob, top and bottom LED lighting, and operates on 3 AA batteries (not included). Top lighting allows you to look at tiny solid objects (such as the details on a coin), and bottom lighting allows you to look at prepared slides or your own created slides. Also included in the set are enough items to get your curious researchers started: brine shrimp egg specimen, yeast specimen vial, 3 empty specimen vials, graduated cylinder, 8 blank slides, hatchery, specimen slicer, 3 prepared slides, 8 slide labels and cover slips, plastic pipette, magnifying glass, plastic forceps and manual. The manual includes information about your scope and accompanying items, operating instructions and a few suggestions for observation. This is very much like the one my daughter began with in early elementary school and we progressed from there! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 043174
    Retail: $134.95
    Rainbow Price: $121.40

    Microscope activity books are great if you already have everything you need to start making your own slides, but what if you don't? That's why I like this kit. The experiment manual is solid enough to stand on its own - a rarity in most science kits today - and the kit includes everything you need to begin using the microscope, exploring prepared slides, and preparing and making your own slides. The full-color 48-page manual begins by explaining microscope use and care, as well as how to safely make thin slices from specimens using a scalpel or razor blade. Then young scientists are ready to start observing! The following sections focus on viewing cells of different types, including cheek cells, onion skin, onion cells affected by salt, egeria/elodea, various fruits and vegetables, starch from foodstuffs, hydra, pollen grains, salt and sugar crystals, insect wings, insect specimens, mushrooms, root hairs, watermelon water ducts, blades of grass, leaves, hair, nettle hairs, and feathers. Each section provides informational text about the subject viewed, detailed instructions on how to make and mount the specimen, tips on specimen-making techniques, and photos of photographed specimens under the microscope. Since the student will probably not be very proficient at preparing their own slides, several prepared slides are included as examples, and the more difficult-to-make specimens are saved for later in the book. The photos of example specimens are also helpful for beginners. Unlike many microscope kits, this one actually has a fairly decent microscope. It is constructed of metal and plastic microscope and has pretty good focusing ability. Features include: a monocular 10X eyepiece, 4X, 10X and 40X glass objective lenses (for 40X, 100X and 400X total magnification). The microscope includes two bright LED lights, one above and one below the stage. This kit would be a great choice for a microscope study, along with a science curriculum, or just for the interested student, especially if you are not planning on investing in a good-quality microscope in the future. Kit includes the experiment manual, microscope, blank slides, prepared slides, coverslips, tweezers, a dissection needle, a scalpel, a pipette, Petri dish with lid, stain, lens paper, blank labels for slides, and a dust cover for the microscope. Microscope requires 3 AA batteries (not included). - Jess



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 042050
    Retail: $111.10
    Rainbow Price: $69.99

    What a great starter scope! Many of the features you'll find on a more expensive scope are now available for the young scientist. This battery operated (3 AA batteries are not included) microscope has:

    • • rotatable nosepiece with 4X, 10X, and 40X objectives
    • • 10X widefield eyepiece on an inclined head
    • • 6 hole disc diaphragm
    • • real optical glass lenses
    • • 3 ½" x 3 ½" stage with spring mounted stage clips
    • • coarse focus knob
    • • dual LED lights
    • • powder-coated metal construction with sturdy plastic base

    View slides using the light below and solid objects with the upper light. You won't find this feature on any of our other microscopes. See slides up to a 400X magnification and solid objects up to 100X magnification. Look closely and you'll be able to see Abraham Lincoln sitting in his memorial on the back of the penny!

    This microscope comes with a nice accessory set which includes: 5 blank slides, 4 prepared slides, 1 concaved slide, slide labels, 10 cover glasses, pipette, forceps, lens paper, small plastic test tube, small plastic Petri dish, straight teasing needle, and red and blue dye. A 10-page user's manual explains how to prepare slides, operate the microscope, and offers suggestions for observation.

    The LED lights burn longer and cooler than incandescent lighting, so no chance of little fingers getting hot. An automatic stage stop is helpful in keeping the objectives from touching the slides; however, it doesn't work well with the 40X objective. This objective is longer and the stage doesn't stop soon enough before putting pressure on the slide. You'll also notice that there is no 'fine focus' knob. I thought that would be a problem getting things in focus, but really had very little difficulty. I looked at several slides and objects on all of the settings of this microscope. I'm really impressed with the features offered for such a low price. ~ Donna



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 067038
    Retail: $36.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.50

     Planning a trip to the lake or sea? Children can explore their under-water surroundings with this quality water-resistant scope with 5x magnification, LED illumination and built in ruler and thermometer. Shhhh! It’s our secret that they will develop their observation skills and learn a bit of marine biology! The publisher reassures us that the scope’s expandable length will ensure children stay dry, but really, what fun is that?! Scope measures approx.12” to 22” fully extended. Encourage love of water and exploration, and watch learning come alive! Requires 3 AAA batteries-not included. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 013247
    Retail: $128.16
    Rainbow Price: $104.95

    From the same company that provided us with an affordable quality microscope (#042050) for young scientists, we are excited to offer this upgrade option. Combines all of the great features of the My First Lab Duo Scope, which are:

    • rotatable nosepiece with 4X, 10X, and 40X objectives
    • 10X widefield eyepiece on an inclined head
    • 6 hole disc diaphragm
    • real optical glass lenses
    • 3.5" x 3.5" stage with spring clips
    • coarse focus knob
    • dual LED lights
    • powder-coated metal construction and sturdy plastic base
    • cordless battery power ( 3 AA batteries, not included)
    • Accessory Set: 5 blank slides, 4 prepared slides, 1 concave slide, slide labels, 10 cover glasses, pipette, forceps, lens paper, small plastic test tube, small plastic Petri dish, straight teasing needle, and red and blue dye.

    With expanded lab accessories to add more depth to your studies, this set also includes: a cloth dust cover, real bug specimens (2) encased in acrylic for safe viewing, a 20x Handheld Magnifier with LED and Black Light and my personal favorite "extra" –the Analyze This! Book. Although designed to accompany the Biology Slide Set from My First Lab, you will find this an excellent resource to any prepared Biology Slide Set (including many of the Apologia biology slides). What I love about this book is the full color photos of authentic, labeled microscope slides. No longer will you or your children have to worry about the accuracy of what your eyes see. Using the slides of your choice, view then draw and identify the specimens in your lab notebook and compare them to the images in this book. No more second-guesses! Also includes a 16 pg. user manual designed to teach compound and stereo microscope use, ideas for observation (with sample images) and user guide for the Handheld Magnifier (Mini-Inspector), including black light experiments. Finally, a microscope designed to grow with your children from middle school through the high school labs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 017302
    Retail: $54.99
    Rainbow Price: $39.95

    One thing I really like about this beginner telescope is that it comes with an Activity Journal that walks students through how to use their telescope and gives them guided observations rather than just simply letting them explore once or twice and then they are tired of it. The MoonScope itself features two all-glass eyepieces, a focusing knob, and a short tripod. It magnifies from 18x to 90x with the aid of the 4mm and 20mm eyepieces. It also contains a red LED light to read reference material in the dark. The 22-page Activity Journal covers how to use and focus the MoonScope, which eyepiece to use when, the phases of the moon, taking a lunar tour, reading (and writing your own) myths about the moon, viewing the moon during the day, how to find major features on the moon, and searching for Saturn and Jupiter. The Activity Journal contains tips and instructions as well as areas to record observations and answer questions. As part of the Nancy B. Science Club series, the journal and aqua-and-purple design of the MoonScope are targeted to girls, but useable by any young student. – Jess

  • Item #: 009474
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    Small enough to drop in a purse, tote or bookbag, the Crime Solver Scope is a 15X microscope and 5X telescope all in one. The telescoping barrel can be pulled out or pushed in to look at objects near and far. To start using your scope for forensic purposes, turn to the 22-page activity journal, which features guided activities including creating a fingerprint collection, analyzing fibers, examining money and learning some basic surveillance techniques. Of course, that doesn't mean it's also not great for checking out bugs, plants and all kinds of outdoorsy stuff too! – Jess

  • Item #: 044921
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    If you crossed a common, ordinary pocket microscope with a Swiss Army knife, you just might end up with the X-Scope. Truly the "Cadillac" of magnification tools, this handy little pocket-size 30x microscope also includes an 8x pull-out telescope, a 9x magnifying hand lens, a clock, a whistle, a compass and a flashlight! Ok, if you aren't bedazzled with all those extra features, you will definitely be impressed with the quality of magnification and the bright, sharp viewing provided by the LED bulb. Just flip the light switch, place the object you want to observe underneath, and look through the lens on the top. Compared to other pocket microscopes in our office, this one allowed us to see all those Asian beetles in our office in much more detail! Jess

  • Item #: 066497
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $34.75

     

      This is a good starter scope for your younger learners. Use it as a microscope or with your smart phone for greater magnification and easier viewing. This plastic scope is equipped with a zoom eyepiece, focus knob, stage with metal stage clips, 3 objectives (4X, 10X, 40X), LED illumination, and on/off switch. Also included in this set is the microscope, smart phone adaptor, 1 plastic prepared slide and 2 blank plastic slides and covers, 3 specimen vials, plastic graduated cylinder, pipette, tweezers, plastic magnifying glass, round tissue cutter, hatchery for brine shrimp eggs, yeast, brine shrimp eggs, and 2 AA batteries. The instruction booklet lists the parts of the microscope and how to use it and instructions for 6 experiments. You can view slides through the comfortable eyepiece or switch to the smart phone adaptor pad. This oval pad is covered with suction cups to hold your smart phone firmly in place over the eyepiece to view objects on your smart phone screen. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 065950
    Retail: $11.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    This is the redesigned version of the original Rookie Racer. It has all the strength, speed, power, building and cost effectiveness of the original version. Measuring only 2.62”x 2.17” x 2.40”, this is the least expensive option in the OWI mini line.

    ▲CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 013300
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $29.95
    Take a peek into the mysterious world beneath your local pond or creek with the Aquascope. The scope offers a water-resistant main body, 5X magnification, and an LED light for dark or murky waters. A thermometer strip tells you the water temperature and a ruler mounted on the main body of the Aquascope helps you judge the size of those frogs, minnows and fish. After you run out of places to try it, flip open the 18-page activity journal and follow the guided observation activities including the difference between no magnification and 5X magnification, observe sediment in flowing water, research water organisms, observe and journal about water plants and animals you view. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included). – Jess
  • Item #: 043882
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.50

    Splish, Splash, I was taking a bath maybe I just aged myself, but this amazing scope will be a blast wherever the streams of discovery flow. With a submarine design, this sturdy subscope offers an eye viewer with 2x magnification and 3 LED lights for better viewing beneath the waters. It is a perfect accompaniment for your water explorations whether at the beach, in a pond or lake, or even just in the pool or bathtub. I imagine my water-loving children would have had hours of fun with this simple aquatic scope viewing the fish, turtles, and various other life forms at the lake. 3 AAA Batteries required but not included. CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: SFPG10
    Retail: $133.10
    Rainbow Price: $93.95

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  • Item #: 063748
    ISBN: 9780802871831
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

      Introduce yourself to the theological views of C. S. Lewis with this excellent collection of 48 essays and 12 letters written between 1940 and 1963. For Lewis, the natural and supernatural are inseparable: all the world is affected by the presence and work of God. Therefore, the themes of these writings fall into two broad categories: miracles and man’s tendency to place God “in the dock”. Writings cover a broad range of topics such as good and evil, ethics, politics, and the role of women in the church. Many of these writings are Lewis’ first venture into themes that he would later explore in full-length books. Provides an in-depth, authoritative scope of Lewis’ views, compiled and edited by long-time friend Walter Hooper. 5.5” x 8”, 389 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 063747
    ISBN: 9780802871848
    Retail: $16.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Although no volume could contain all the writings of C.S. Lewis, this text brings together a broad array of his thoughts and defenses of the faith: 14 papers (arranged chronologically) written for publication either in periodicals or presented at various societies. Some, such as Religion: Reality or Substitute and Christianity and Culture were previously printed in other sources; others such as The Psalms and The Funeral of a Great Myth are printed here for the first time. This collection covers a broad scope, such as thoughts on church music, prayer, or the workings out of religion and its relationship with culture. Provides a fine scope of Lewis’ views on theology, compiled and edited by long-time friend Walter Hooper. 5.5” x 8”, 217 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 063663
    ISBN: 9781433543340
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.18

    This extremely practical parenting book provides Biblical hope and everyday help in disciplining children. The author, June Watson, believes boundaries develop internal character and she supports each aspect of this belief with Scripture. The book’s first 50-some pages explain what boundaries are and briefly how to implement them with a combination of rewards and repercussions. The remaining 80% of the book is spent on applying this concept in different areas. You’ll be hard pressed to find a child-rearing topic that isn’t covered. More general topics such as Anger/Aggression, Peer Pressure, and Disrespectfulness to specific issues like homework hassles, cell phone struggles and tardiness are addressed (36 total). The scope is broad; the content is personable, in depth and easily digested. This volume is intended to be a prequel to Bonding with Your Teen through Boundaries. An appendix of How to Lead your Child to Christ is included. 5.5” x 8.5”, 263 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 004941
    Retail: $124.00
    Rainbow Price: $107.95

    This model is good-quality and offers just about everything a "real" high-school quality microscope does. Model includes the features below:

    • - 10X wide field eyepiece with pointer, mounted at a 45 angle
    • - 360 rotatable head
    • - Revolving nosepiece with click stops
    • - 4X, 10X, and 40X(R) objectives, all 45mm, achromatic, parfocaled and parcentered
    • - Coaxial coarse and fine focus knobs
    • - 90mm x 90mm stage with spring-mounted stage clips
    • - Adjustable LED illumination
    • - Adjustable slide stop to prevent slide damage
    • - Fixed condenser and 6-hole rotating disc diaphragm
    • - Durable metal body

    This very durable, high-quality but economical microscope will certainly do the job if you are not planning on tackling high school science at home, or you would prefer to not invest several hundred dollars in a better-quality scope. Although LED bulbs lasts far longer than tungsten bulbs, we do have replacements should you need them.



    If you're not sure which microscope best fits your needs, check out our Microscope Comparison Sheet for a side-by-side comparison of all microscope models we offer.

  • Item #: 049187
    ISBN: 9780740322433
    Retail: $39.95
    Rainbow Price: $35.96
    (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 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)

    To see a sample of the Teacher's Guide, click here.

  • Item #: 017300
    Retail: $44.99
    Rainbow Price: $32.95
    Part of the Nancy B's Science Club series, this set pairs a junior microscope with an activity journal for guided observations. The beginner microscope features 30x-400x magnification, LED lighting, a coarse focus knob and a rubber eyepiece cup. There are actually two lights – one on the bottom and one on top, so you can use it as a light microscope (for semitransparent slides) and a dissecting microscope (for 3-D objects). Although all plastic, the microscope has a sturdy design and is battery-powered, so you can take it out in the field without worry. While you can't compare this one to an actual compound microscope on optics, it seems to work pretty well for an inexpensive scope, especially in the low magnification range. Several tools are also included with the microscope - four prepared slides, seven blank slides, seven cover slips, a Petri dish, specimen vial, spatula, tweezers, scalpel, stirring rod, test tube and pipette. The 22-page activity journal both acquaints students with how to use the microscope and provides ideas for projects and activities that they can complete while also giving them spaces to record observations. Activities include a variety of subjects, including examining cheek cells, the marks made by various writing utensils, ground spices and more. Please note that the microscope is only battery-powered and requires 3 AA batteries, not included.
  • Item #: 049188
    ISBN: 9780740322426
    Retail: $99.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.96
    (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 #: 019392
    Retail: $79.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.95

    One of the best things I get to do around here, is play with all of the microscopes and science gadgets that come in. The eFlex LED Lighted Digital microscope is no exception, and is the quality I would expect from Carson Optical.

    This easy-to-use digital microscope hooks right up to the USB port (2.0 or 3.0) on your computer; and works with Windows XP SP2+, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and Mac OS X 10.4.9 – 10.11. However, this product will not work with tablets of any kind. The user guide isn't included in the kit, but an included instruction sheet explains access to the user guide on Carson Optical's website or you may have it sent to you.

    The 3 ½" long microscope can be held in your hand for viewing, or pop it into the holder that is mounted at the end of a flexible neck. A heavy duty suction cup with a clip to ensure stability allows you to attach the flexible neck and scope to the mat or to any smooth surface. I was pleasantly surprised at how firm the suction holds. The magnification can be adjusted from 75X to 300X. With the scope mounted, I could simply adjust the focus with just one hand – so easy to do. You can also adjust the brightness (lighting) on the scope. You can click photos with just a touch on the top of the scope and capture videos of live specimens. The view is clear and crisp enough to reveal a microscopic world. A 5 ½ x 8 ¼ inch mat is included, which has centimeters marked down one edge, inches on the other edge and a grid in the viewing area. This feature allows you to have a record of specimen size when photographing.

    If you're looking for a quality starter scope, this scope is great! You can use it with the whole family or with a group, since you can see the picture on the computer screen – so no squinting through the eyehole for a better view. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 052565
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $58.00

    Dianne Craft is well known for her successful approaches for equipping families (and teachers) to overcome problems faced by their struggling, but bright learners. Designed for home use, this manual provides an overview of how the brain works, right brain vs. left brain traits, detailed information on the four identified learning gates, brain training exercises, suggestions for a weekly sequence plus daily lesson plans for struggling learners.

    Overwhelmed yet? Don't be. Mrs. Craft has created an easy to use resource that may save you hundreds of dollars in occupational therapy. Beginning with a clear introduction to brain integration therapy she walks you through a brief overview of struggling learners, the importance of crawling and understanding the function of the brain with a focus on the role of the left and right brain.

    With the foundation of the importance of brain integration put forth, she then introduces us to the four learning gates: Visual Processing, Visual/Motor (writing), Auditory Processing, and the Attention/Focusing/Behavior. Observable characteristics of the blocked gates are presented alongside simple activities to determine if your child presents with a blocked gate in one of these areas. For example, a parent might recognize that their child who is struggling to learn to read has a blocked Visual Processing gate if the child needs to underline or point to each word as they read or reverses letters (or words) while reading. While the manual focuses on therapies to improve blocks in the first three gates, Mrs. Craft does offer detailed information on correcting a blocked Attention/Focusing/Behavior gate in her Biology of Behavior audio CD series, which we are pleased to offer separately.

    The remaining sections in the manual are dedicated to explaining a variety of exercises to improve brain integration. These include detailed explanations and step by step instructions paired with numerous black and white photo demonstrations, which leads me into one of the most valuable aspects of this manual: the detailed schedule suggestions.

    The suggested schedule is divided into three areas: Brain Training Sequences designed to be done daily Monday through Thursday; the once a week Brain Training Session which provides exercises specific to one of the blocked gates, and daily lesson plans for reading, writing and math. Parents will find time spent in each subject varies but parents should anticipate 30-45 minutes daily on each subject.

    All in all, this is a user friendly guide for home use. The exercises are well explained and laid out. The background information provides the parent with a deeper understanding of our children with learning glitches. Detailed diagnostic checklists, a diagnostic reading grade placement test, case studies and the optional online support from Mrs. Craft provide parents with necessary tools to best meet the needs of their unique learner. One caveat I would make is regarding the time commitment necessary to gain full benefit of the brain training. The program described will be time intensive for the parent, and the author acknowledges that a parent's willingness to devote a consistent and fairly intense effort is vital to success. If you are looking for something more specific in scope, we also offer Dianne Craft's Teaching the Right Brained Child DVD and Smart Kids Who Hate to Write DVD. Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently as standalone products, or use them together as they complement each other well. There is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs, but there is not a great deal of redundancy and using them together provides parents with additional tools. 2013 Edition. Spiral bound with included 18"x 12" Writing Eight Exercise template. 151 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 066495
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $199.99

     

    Microscopes reveal a whole world of science not seen by the naked eye. The National Geographic LCD Microscope offers easier viewing with a 2 ¼”x 2 7/8” screen rather than an eyepiece – better for group viewing, younger children, and those with vision problems. Included with the microscope is a dust cover, 5 prepared slides and 10 blank slides (glass) with covers, Mikrotom tissue chopper, USB cable, power supply plug, scissors, pipette, tweezers, teasing needles, shrimp breeding container, sea salt, brine shrimp eggs, yeast, and gum media. All of this comes neatly organized in a nylon carrying case with handle and shoulder strap. The included instruction manual explains every part of the microscope and how to use it, along with instructions for 3 activities – including growing brine shrimp. The mechanical stage allows for easy focusing and the specimens can be viewed from 40X to 1600X with clarity. SD card required for photos, but not included.

      When my daughter was in 4th grade, we bought her a Tasco Big Screen Microscope. She used that microscope for her first science fair and raised brine shrimp – this product brought back memories, but with big improvements. The instruction guide lists all parts of the microscope and items included in a numbered diagram and list – be sure to read through this to get familiar with the terms. Numbered steps with explanations help you get started and include number references for the diagram. This microscope has three light (LED) settings: bottom lighting to view slides and other transparent objects, top lighting to view opaque or solid objects that only works with the 4X objective, and top and bottom lighting at the same time for semi-transparent objects. Set-up is easy. Magnification is greater and clearer. There are 3 objectives (4X, 10X, 40X) and the LCD magnification factor is 12.5X. In combination, you will get magnifications of 40X, 125X, and 500X. A 6-position color filter disc rotates below the stage that can be used to help control the bright light to clarify the image and the up and down buttons below the screen can adjust the brightness of the image. An additional light collector lens is included that allows even more light for viewing, and a dimmer switch also lets you control the brightness. Increase the magnification even more by using the right and left controls below the screen, allowing you to increase the magnification up to 2000X!!   

      You can snap photos or record videos of your images and save them on an SD card (not included). Switch from the view of your live image to those saved on your SD card by using the ‘escape’ button. Attach the USB cable to transfer the data to your computer for editing and printing.

      Overall, I had a lot of fun playing with this microscope. I am totally amazed at the quality of the view and the ease of operation. The key is to read (completely) the user/instruction guide without skipping things. I read through several times before I realized all the capabilities of this scope. The National Geographic LCD Microscope could be used at the elementary level and up through high school. The magnification and clarity are the quality you would need for high school labs. My how technology has improved! ~ Donna         

  • Item #: 043358
    ISBN: 9780967634906
    Retail: $79.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.15

    While it may sound ambitious to think your child can learn letter sounds, letter recognition, blending sounds, reading, writing, spelling and typing all in one program, this well-produced and engaging software may help them do just that. It is made up of two CD-ROMs: Read, Write & Type! and Spaceship Challenge. Read, Write & Type! is the core of the program and provides the instruction, while Spaceship Challenge provides assessment. There are 40 lessons in Read, Write & Type! with a new letter or sound introduced in each one until children have learned the basic 40 speech sounds in English. These sounds include 21 which are represented by one consonant, 5 represented by two consonants (sh, th, ch, wh, and ng), the short and long sounds of each vowel, and then "oo" as in both "look" and "tool," "ou" as in "loud," and "aw" as in "hawk." The lessons are grouped into levels where four letters or sounds are learned at each level. If you follow the plan provided, children will complete one level in Read, Write & Type! before they switch to Spaceship Challenge for testing on what they've learned (starting after Level 2). The lessons are based around games, so learning is a fun and interactive experience. When you begin the program, the user can view the introduction to learn the back-story and be introduced to the characters (or storytellers). Most of the time the screen you will see includes a keyboard with keys divided under right and left "houses" and two little hands in the corners. The player also sees that each of the letters (and corresponding storyteller) "live" in a key shown on the animated keyboard. Above the keyboard, the scene changes as the user plays different games. In the introduction Vexor, a nasty virus, comes to town and steals all the letters from the animated keyboard. It's up to the player and the two talking hands to work together to win all of the letters back. As the player begins each round, they see which letter Vexor will offer to give back, pending the player's performance on the games. The player is instructed on how to type that letter on the keyboard, and the sound of the letter is pronounced (letters found on the left-hand side of the keyboard within easy reach are the first to be introduced). The player then plays a series of games with Vexor to try and win the letter. These are based heavily on sound and ask the child to associate the sound with a picture and determine if the sound is made when saying the name of the object in the picture. Different games test the player's ability to identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of words. Players are constantly encouraged to say the name of the pictures or the sounds of the letters out loud as they type to engage their eyes, ears, mouths and fingers to learn the letters and sounds. After they play the letter/sound games with Vexor, they must help the letter's storyteller get to the Story Tree by typing the letters they hear pronounced by an animated mouth. At the Story Tree, the mouth again pronounces the sounds of letters, and later words and simple sentences, as they type to complete the story. The games are different in Spaceship Challenge, although the emphasis is still on recognizing sounds and matching to letters. In the Sound Game, a picture shows one of three different monitors, and the player will identify the sound at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the word pictured. The Reading Game tests reading comprehension by asking the player to match the sentence or word to one of the pictures shown below. In the Spelling Game, a picture is shown and the word is pronounced, and the player is asked to type in the word correctly. If the player completes these tasks at or above the threshold for passing, they move on to the next level in Read, Write & Type! Additional fun reinforcement activities include the Power Fountain game which reinforces typing accuracy and speed, and a simulated e-mail area, where children can type and "send" messages (a selection of stored responses are "sent" in return). The spiral-bound lesson book also includes plenty of introductory material for parents, including an overview of the program, a scope and sequence, suggestions for students of different ages/abilities, explanations of the games in the software, and more (please note that the book does reference some additional pieces like posters and keyboard covers that have not been included with the program for quite some time). All in all, this program has some good things going for it. The software is well-produced, not cheesy, and the sounds that are pronounced are clear and easy to understand. Because the emphasis is on learning the sounds, not just letter recognition (players are even asked to type "fffff," not "F"), this aids them in learning to sound out and recognize words later on. The games are fun to play and motivational, and the range of supplementary materials included and available (some on their website) round out the program to include non-computer time. Additionally, children will get plenty of typing practice with no pressure for speed, which gives them a leg up on children who don't learn to type until they are older. While I wouldn't use this in place of a phonics program, it is a meaty supplement that may be best used with a "no-frills" instruction book like How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Reading Made Easy or The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and/or with phonics workbooks (to reinforce writing skills which are not used as much in the software). This will provide practice they'll want to do! Please note that this is the 2000 edition of the program on CD-ROM; the newest version is only available from Talking Fingers as a download.System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista (but not Windows 7); Macintosh 7.5-9.2 or OS X Classic. - Jess