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  • Item #: 048816
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    Play by color with this note-reading sticker set! Following the same color-coding note-reading scheme as the Boomwhackers line, these removable, reusable stickers can be placed on keyboards, xylophones, choir chimes, and other instruments so you can play along with Boomwhackers. This package contains 300 diatonic with letters, 100 diatonic without letters, 75 chromatics with sharp/flat spelling, and 25 chromatics without sharp/flat spelling. Even if you do not use the Boomwhackers, these colorful labels make great note reminders for beginning music students – simply label the letters C through C (an octave or more) on your keyboard, until the notes are committed to memory! ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 005415
    ISBN: 9780486410593
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.75

    This journal is an excellent take-along for your next outdoor field trip. Filled with exciting facts, this workbook provides helpful descriptions to help you identify 48 common North American birds. Written by nature artist Sy Barlow, this book includes space on each page for a sticker illustration of the bird described, along with fascinating information on bird size, habitat, nesting and eating habits, and number and color of eggs. Additional space is provided for recording the date, time and location of the sighting and other notes. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 026962
    ISBN: 9781846969874
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    The British world has a dramatic and fascinating past, and nothing brings that to light more than details about Britain's various monarchs. Beginning with early Saxon and Danish rulers even before 1066, the book takes you on a mesmerizing journey through the reigns of all the kings and queens. Chapters cover early rulers, the Normans, the Plantagenets, the House of Lancaster, the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Hanovarians, the House of Winsor and Scottish Kings & Queens. For every ruler, the book gives quick, encyclopedia-style information about the ruler's birth, reign, and death, as well as important events during their reign and what they are most remembered for. Colorful sketches, reproductions of classic art featuring the rulers or periods, maps, photographs, relics, and other graphics are used liberally and add a lot of interest and information to the book. A running timeline is also included on the bottom of every page so you can see events at a glance. Besides information about the monarchs, small captions noting important happenings during that period are also included. The book runs chronologically through the decades, covering everything from the seemingly endless number of medieval kings who killed family members for the throne to Oliver Cromwell's attempt at republicanism in the mid 1600s to George VI's morale-boosting trips during WWII to the reign of Elizabeth II (including the death of Princess Diana). By Jacqueline Gorman, 128 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 064635
    Retail: $32.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

      Measuring approximately 17 ½”x 17 ½”, this brightly colored wood board is a perfect tool to track weather, teach children calendar and time skills, and more. Top center is a large clock with 2 movable hands, with 5-minute increments and an inset circle with time noted in 24-hour format. Additionally, dedicated space is left for days of the week, months of the year, years, seasons, weather, days in the month, plus morning, afternoon and evening. Children interact with the board by updating it with the included 75 wooden magnets. Magnets include numbers 1-31; years through 2021; seasons, months, days of the week, weather terms, and activity illustrations (for example a board game and playground) Includes thick string for hanging. A wonderful hands-on resource for home or school: use to teach children vital skills for understanding our world. ~ Deanne

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

  • Item #: 039229
    Retail: $64.95
    Rainbow Price: $55.95

    From one homeschool mom to another. Everything in this program is designed to communicate "I'm a homeschool mom that taught my kids to read. It's easy. It's fun! You can do it, too. Have a great time." And I'm sure if you follow Diane Hopkins' step by step approach wrapped with loving teacher-student interaction, that's exactly the result you'll get. After going through the just-the-right-size (25 pages) Teacher's Guidebook and looking through the brightly colored cardstock that makes up the program, I'm happy with the appearance of the product and really, really impressed with the content.

    Starting at the very beginning, Mrs. Hopkins has boiled the entire process down into eight steps. And even if step seven (teach phonics units containing two or more letters) has seventeen parts, she's still managed to make a homeschool mom's most fearful task into something that seems remarkably ordinary and doable.

    The package contains the Happy Phonics Guidebook, "My Big Book" (an almost-to-the-end-of-the-program-reader) and lots of printed, brightly colored paper and cardstock – flashcards, game components, first little readers and spelling lists. The Guidebook contains the Eight Steps along with specific how-to instructions for each step. The essence of the program is to introduce the phonics concepts a few at a time and then play games for retention. The author suggests that lesson time be about 10 minutes a day, but you may want to factor in more time to play the games over and over just because the student wants to.

    The Guidebook is extremely user-friendly and written in first-person, mom-to-mom form. The step-by-step instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. All references to the games and other supplementary material are coded with little symbols found on the colored sheets. Practically foolproof! But just to be sure, there's a chart that lists which games/components are used with each teaching step. There's also a chart clearly laying out those seventeen phonics units that make up step seven. And, of course, the teaching aids are clearly marked for each unit.

    The teaching progression is common sense. Alphabet song; capital letters match lowercase letters; the main sound for each letter; blend letter sounds to form a word; teach common non-phonetic (sight) words; teach vowels that can make a second sound; teach through the phonic units; READ. Although she doesn't consider them absolutely necessary, the author does mention supplementary material that she likes and that her children have enjoyed – Lauri perception puzzles, Leap Frog Phonics Library, and the Explode the Code books. In fact, she changed her original letter presentation order (used with her older children) to conform to the Explode the Code books for her younger children and in this program. She also suggests various supplementary readers.

    The games and other reinforcement activities are obviously a central component of this program. Some preparation is involved, usually just cutting cards apart. I would be inclined to laminate (or cover with clear contact paper) some of the frequently-used cards and game layouts if I thought it likely I'd be using the program with a number of children. The games include some adapted favorites like Phonics Bingo and a number of creative originals like the Y Not? Game. The line art of the game components is not high tech graphics but still communicates the concept and looks inviting. Components of the games are color coded, with the little symbols marked on each game piece, so that you can easily unscramble things if they don't always get put away neatly.

    This program fits into the "complete program" category of phonics instruction, as it includes systematic phonics, reinforcement, and reading practice. The program gets your student reading on his own in an enjoyable way. Please note that it does not cover advanced syllabication, prefixes, and suffixes that tend to be found in second/third grade levels of some phonics programs. But it is an enjoyable program that will build the confidence of a newbie and provide ease of instruction for busy homeschooling mothers. All for a very reasonable price! - Janice

  • Item #: 039639
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $26.99
    Chore charts provide a fun, visual reminder of what needs to be done when. Use this big, colorful, magnetic dry-erase chart over and over again! Handsomely framed in by wood, it includes 100 colorfully illustrated wooden magnets and a dry-erase marker. The top section of the chart has a grid with space to put 5 responsibility magnets for every day of the week (it also has space to move the magnets when the chore is completed.). The bottom third of the chart provides space to store the rest of the magnets. There are magnets for chores like brushing teeth, setting the table, feeding a pet, dusting, doing homework, and practicing music. Also included are magnets for activities such as dance class, scout meetings, visiting grandparents, watching a movie, and more. A few blank magnets are included so you can create custom activities. The chart can be hung up by the attached piece of string, and a section on the back is included for important phone numbers and other notes.
  • Item #: 020135
    ISBN: 9780563522751
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    This historical romp through the middle ages is rather the opposite of the Famous Men book for the same period. Instead of looking at certain persons, this book steps back and looks at the collective whole of medieval life in Britain. And, yes, he runs into some of those famous men along the way. Chapters cover groups of individuals – peasants, minstrels, outlaws, monks, philosophers, knights, damsels, and kings. Investigating each, the author describes in generalities, and then cites specifics in terms of people and events. Frankly, the information is fascinating in its breadth and provides a number of surprises, such as the amount of belongings owned by some peasants or the degree of openness in communication concerning sexual acts. There are two sets of full-color art reproductions depicting various aspects of life in the medieval time period (defined, by the way, as from 1066 – the Norman conquest – through 1536 – Henry VIII's suppression of the monasteries). Please note that the target audience is older than the Famous Men books and some content is more graphic than you might expect. Also, at least one of the paintings features a (captive) female nude. 224 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 013258
    ISBN: 9781937200619
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    Chemistry is an interesting topic and now you can introduce your junior high students to the elements in a fun and interactive way. Using the Elemental Journal, Periodic Table of Videos (free at periodicvideos.com), the Periodic Table: Elements with Style (#062046), and the Elements: Building Blocks of the Universe (#052403). Together, these books and videos will engage your students as they research, write and catalog 42 of the 144 known elements. An optional resource is the Elements by Theodore Gray (#059369), which is a favorite of mine – beautiful and engaging – it will enhance your study! Easy to use with a group or individual, every section of the book is formatted the same. The journal is 51 pages (consumable and not reproducible), and is divided into elemental groups: alkali, alkaline, transition, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, halogens, noble gases, lanthanides & actinides, and superheavies (elements 104-112). Complete an introduction to elements by reading the required pages (page numbers are referenced) in Periodic Table: Elements with Style and Elements: The Building Blocks of the Universe, fill in the information and now you’re ready to begin your study of the elemental groups. Every group begins with a reading assignment that gives general information about that group and students are asked to research the required and recommended resources and write a paragraph about their discoveries. Students are then asked to fill in the element data, draw a picture and write 3 interesting facts about the element. Then watch the video on the particular element and summarize the information from the video into a few sentences. There are from 1 to 5 elements in each group. The journal tells you a specific one to do in each group then you get to choose the others – in which are you interested? As a companion for the Elemental Journal the videos, taught by a team of ten expert scientists and staff from the University of Nottingham (a colorful group of knowledgeable characters) teach you about the elements. Each video shows how the element is used, its familiar forms and more. The fun demonstrations will show things you might never see except in their controlled setting, such as exploding a hydrogen-filled balloon. Besides the videos referenced in the journal, you can also watch videos for the other elements and a variety of other informative chemistry/science videos. We watched them just for fun! I mentioned earlier that you could use this as an introductory course at the junior high level. Don’t limit yourself to that! This could be used at either the junior high or high school level as a companion to your curriculum. Of note with the Elemental Journal –specific pages in the ©2007 edition of Periodic Table: Elements of Style (#026107) are referenced and required. This book is now out of print and has been replaced by the ©2015 Complete Periodic Table: More Elements with Style (#062046). Page numbers are different, but you can print out a PDF file with the cross-referenced pages of the old and new versions of this book. If you want to do deeper research in any given area, you may want to go to the library or spend time on the Internet, but the resources given here will really get you off to a good start in understanding the elements of the Periodic Table. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 052226
    ISBN: 9780753474594
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    So, why add another animal encyclopedia to this section when there are already two here from other well-known publishers? Well, this one is just different, and different in some very appealing ways! First of all, it is hardcover, which makes it a little more durable (yet more expensive) than the DK encyclopedia. But the primary reason for the difference is in its organization, which makes it more navigable next to a zoology or biology course. Although a similar number of animals are covered here as in the DK volume (about 2,000), they are more extensively organized, as you can see if you check out our table of contents images online. The breakdown mirrors common biological classifications, including simple animals, cnidarians, flatworms/roundworms, segmented works, mollusks, arachnids, crustaceans, centipedes/millipedes, insects, echinoderms, chordates, cartilaginous fish, bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and finally, mammals. Within each chapter, two-page spreads examine one sub-group in depth, such as "catfish and electric eels" in the bony fish chapter. If you flip to that spread, you'll find a short introduction to the sub-group, followed by a handful of examples of specific species within that group presented in short blocks of text with some basic information, the scientific name, distribution and size. In comparison, the DK volume is organized alphabetically by general animal group, such as "bats." If you flip to the page(s) on bats, you'll also meet a variety of different bat species, complete with lovely full-color photos similar in quality to what you will find here. Both are excellent resources, and endlessly appealing to browsing as well as use as a reference or curriculum supplement. Your choice may just depend on how you want to use the guide, and which type of organization you prefer. On a side note, while this is from a secular viewpoint, evolution is not covered in any amount of depth here; the emphasis is really on the animals! 320 pgs, hc. – Jess

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 067830
    Retail: $149.95
    Rainbow Price: $144.95

    Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit 1 (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. We understand there will be two more levels: Books 5-8 are for ages 4-7; Books 9-12 are for ages 6-8. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (they do to me as well), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more." For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet. The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit 1 and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

    Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. There is a checklist included, as the back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

    A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. Although appropriate wording is modeled in the lessons, there is also general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning.

    As mentioned before the Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you. For instance, Lesson 24, Book 4 practices comparative terminology. There are eight points to the lesson. The first point covers "est" words and comparing three or more things. The second point talks about the "er" words and comparing two things. Then there are five sets of pictures of various objects to compare starting with three objects of varying sizes but progressing to four and six objects. About 95 pgs each, spiral-bound.

    The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

    The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

    The Lesson Mat needs to be mentioned. It is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

    The Kit contents all have a purpose within the lessons. While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest.

    Kit 1 includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), 4 tubs of Play-Doh; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; and CD with 24 language arts songs. ~ Janice