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  • Item #: 059006
    Retail: $119.22
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  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
    Retail: $17.95
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    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

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

  • Item #: 005940
    ISBN: 9781623411176
    Retail: $0.00
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    Now there's no reason to wait until your student is in 3rd grade. Bible Heroes is an excellent language arts bridge from IEW's Primary Arts of Language to their theme-based writing lessons. Or you might decide to use it as a new entry point for the IEW program (as you finish your favorite phonics/reading program). Either way, I think you will be very pleased with what this program supplies – lessons that not only provide instruction in writing with structure and style (as the name implies), but also introductory grammar and Bible. The 27 lessons cover IEW Unit 1 (two lessons teaching Key Word Outlines), Unit 2 (seven lessons on Writing from KWOs), Unit 3 (twelve lessons on Summarizing Narrative Stories), Unit 4 (three lessons on Summarizing References), Unit 5 (three lessons on Writing From Pictures), and Unit 7 (one lesson on Creative Writing) The approach is solidly multi-sensory. Lessons include verbal and written activities as well as games for reinforcement and all source material is taken from the Bible. Although the target audience for this course is 1st-2nd grade, material can be adapted for up to 5th grade.

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

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

  • Item #: 022285
    ISBN: 9781609990831
    Retail: $0.00
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    I am excited that Ray and Charlene Notgrass have written this excellent, one year world history course! While many families enjoy a chronological, multi-year approach to world history, others prefer to study history in a more traditional manner-one year at a time. Written in the engaging narrative ‘voice’ that has made the Notgrass courses beloved by many homeschool families, this new World History begins at the very foundation of our Christian foundation- Adam and journeys to the end of the 20th century, with a final unit on our interconnected world (from the thrill of world-wide sporting events to turmoil in the Middle East).

    Containing 30 units, with 5 lessons per unit, this course will take students one year to complete. It is anticipated that daily lessons will take 45-90 minutes per day, although it is naturally flexible for homeschool families to set their own pace. While the target grade range is 5 through 8, families with younger children will find this a perfect ‘read aloud’ curriculum, as the text has been clearly and engagingly written.

    Let me give a bit of an example of how the unit lessons are laid out. At the start of each unit, there is a brief introduction to the lessons including the recommended literature selection to accompany the reading. Each weekly unit has one lesson from each of five categories: Our World Story (major events in history); God’s Wonders (impact of the world’s created wonders on history and culture); World Landmarks; World Biography of some of history’s most influential personalities and Daily Life (an inside view of everyday life). Daily lessons are richly illustrated with graphics and photographs, including maps of historic places and regions. At the conclusion of each lesson (approximately 5-8 pages), parents and children will select assignments to complete from a list of 5-7 assignments. Older students may be able to complete all the activities-but again- there is built-in flexibility for your individual family’s needs. Assignments include readings from the Our Creative World book (collection of original documents); Map Book assignments; Timeline Book assignments; assignments from the Student Workbook and Lesson Review Book (optional resources), as well as language arts assignments covering vocabulary, creative writing, literature selections. Thinking Biblically assignments are also included with most lessons and are designed to engage students in applying Scripture to history and life. Each unit also provides a suggested weekly family activity-projects vary and include arts and crafts, recipes and games. Materials are easily found for the projects and are designed to bring the family together to enjoy time together building memories.

    Curriculum package contains From Adam to Us Part 1 & 2; Our Creative World, Map Book, Timeline Book and the Answer Key to end of the lessons questions as well as the activities and tests in the Student Workbook and the questions and tests in the Lesson Review. Although it is possible to share the Map and Timeline books, they are available separately, allowing each child to have their own copy. I suspect that most children will be eager to create their own map and timeline.

    If you would like to add more supplemental instruction or review, consider the Student Workbook (5th-6th grade) or the Lesson Review (7th-8th grades). Both include additional assignments that correspond to the daily lesson as well as unit tests and questions related to the literature selections. Most literature based questions are recall based. However, there are a smattering of higher level thinking questions.

    Middle school children will be enthralled as they view world history through the lens of a Creator God who is alive and active, from the very foundation of our world through present day. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 065567
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    Fitivities is an exciting new game that is played by children and adults of all ages. The rules are simple. Spread out the large 33”x47” durable, vinyl game mat. Roll the dice and move your shoe-shaped playing piece to learn which exercise you will complete.  Flick the spinner to find the number of repetitions and you are well on your way to healthy game playing! Exercises range from performing a plank to jumping rope, along with a variety of other physical movements. Also included are instructions to modify the exercises for those unable to perform the specified activity. Designed for competitive play for 2-24 players (or up to 4 teams), benefits also abound from solitary or non-competitive play. Average gameplay time is 10-30 minutes. This game is perfect for PE class or just a way to break away from the books when restlessness is afoot. Before you know it, you and your children will be laughing out loud while working up a sweat! The boxed set includes 4 shoes and 4 dice in primary colors, 4 multi-color spinners, the 33” x47” vinyl mat, and instructions. 1 CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
    Retail: $27.00
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    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.

  • Item #: STWRDS
    Retail: $25.98
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  • Item #: 072136
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $69.95

    If you’ve never heard of him, Alan Turing was the “father of modern computing” and played a pivotal role in developing machine computing as we know it. I think he would be proud to have his namesake attached to such a brilliant teaching tool! Part programming and part logic puzzle, the Turing Tumble begins as an unassuming peg-board with slots for falling marbles; think “Plinko machine.” The goal is to turn the board into a simple computer using six marble-carrying analog equivalents of digital machinery: Ramps (direct balls down the board – circuits), Crossovers (change the direction of balls – also circuits), Bits (can be turned “left” or “right” – represent 0 or 1), Interceptors (prevent a marble from releasing more marbles – a “STOP” command), and Gears / Gear Bits (store information by being pointed “right” or “left” – a sort of register). When one marble reaches the bottom, it triggers either a Blue (left) or Red (right) marble to fall. The key to programming the Turing Tumble is controlling where these marbles end up!

    To accomplish this, a 60-puzzle activity book accompanies the board. Each puzzle is styled & illustrated as part of a simple computer program that needs solved: an Objective (“Let exactly 9 blue balls reach the end. Intercept the 10th.”), Required Output (a pattern of Blue and/or Red marbles), a Starting Setup (a clear picture of the parts which start on the board), and Available Parts (the parts you should use to accomplish the objective). The process begins with trial & error as kids figure out how each piece functions; but once they understand the correlation between “plastic pieces” and “programmable puzzle,” it becomes all about logic!

    Interwoven into the puzzle book is the story of a young space engineer who must escape an abandoned planet. Each puzzle brings her closer to rescue, seamlessly integrating the story and activity to help keep kids engaged. Perfect for learning logic, basic computing, and good, clean, screen-free fun! Includes 30 Ramps, 6 Crossovers, 10 Bits, 3 Interceptors, 4 Gears, 8 Gear Bits, 20 Red marbles, 20 Blue marbles, and 30 counterweights.

  • Item #: 065965
    ISBN: 9781441313782
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.55

  • Item #: 065964
    ISBN: 9781441313720
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.20

  • Item #: 065949
    ISBN: 9781554950577
    Retail: $15.99
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       Children are fascinated by insects and wise parent teachers want to capitalize on natural curiosity! This excellent resource provides a perfect foundation for an insect unit study, your nature notebook or a fun, easy to use supplement for any science curriculum. Topically, children will learn how to identify insects and the identity and function of their parts, insect life cycles, as well as benefits received from insects and harm they cause. And it only gets better! Also included are a variety of language arts activities including non- fiction stories, vocabulary, creative writing, poetry, and research, along with grammar and phonics review for those who need practice. Teaching support also abounds with teacher notes outlining hands-on activities and teaching tips; and teacher and student rubrics. The reproducible student booklet makes this an inexpensive, quality resource for homeschool and classroom learning. Answer key in the back of the book. 96 pgs, SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 065948
    Retail: $14.95
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       Stick the 36 multi-colored Wikki Stix (wax-coated wicks) onto the 32 pages in the activity book filled with connect-the-dots, creative prompts, and a few blank pages for free creativity.

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

  • Item #: 065199
    Retail: $19.99
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      Have you ever cringed at the idea of messy arts and crafts with your kids? Has it kept you from letting them express their creativity, even though you know they love it? Make clean up a little easier with a sturdy, water-resistant tarp. Use it on the floor to catch the mess or directly on a surface where kids are painting or using glitter. Then just take it outside to shake it out or hose it off. For smaller messes, wipe with a damp cloth. The size is really convenient at just shy of 8’x10’. It has finished hemmed edges and reinforced grommets at each corner. Take it to the beach or on a grassy picnic to sit on. Make a shade cover for a sand box or kiddie pool! Put one under a high chair. Got enough ideas yet? Made from reinforced, woven blue plastic ~Sara

  • Item #: 065188
    Retail: $37.99
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    Primary colors, 6 feet long, 19” diameter.

  • Item #: 065187
    Retail: $99.99
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    9 foot long blue tunnel with a 22 diameter.

  • Item #: 065183
    Retail: $99.99
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    Obstacle course, anyone? This extra durable blue tunnel with red stripes is 9 feet long with a 22” diameter. Polyester Dacron.

  • Item #: 063988
    ISBN: 9781491459959
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Telling Tales: Writing Captivating Short Stories will help you open the doors to new worlds. These works of fiction have a plot, theme, conflict, a smaller cast, and a shorter story line. Get your hands on some short stories to get familiar with different styles. Remember that inspiration is everywhere and that looking at pictures can give you great ideas for the perfect setting. Ask yourself “what if” and “why” as your story develops. Plan your story, visualize it as a movie, weave in conflict, but make it believable. Give multi-facets to your characters with unique qualities and trying to think like they might. Point of view, theme, and special writing techniques like foreshadowing, plot twists, figurative language, simile, and metaphor can add dimensions to your writing. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060777
    ISBN: 9780982987322
    Retail: $0.00
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    Writing the Visual, Kinesthetic & Auditory Alphabet (32 pp, 5" x 8.5") is a multi-sensory resource designed to help you teach children their letters. Learn hand motions for each letter, tips on forming letters, activities to deepen learning and tips for preventing backwards letters. You see illustrated hand motions for each letter that are quite clever and easy to learn and do. They use the same terms in all 3 products, such as "make a thin man" means to draw a straight line. I found the motions to be logical and easy to use. The reinforcement activities can be a body movement, a drawing, or collecting things from around the house that start with a certain sound/letter. If you have a right brained learner, these books give some really good ideas that can carry over to other subject areas. You may find yourself learning states and capitals using some of the tips you picked up in this program! ~ Sara

  • Item #: 059654
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    The author of Daily Grammar Practice brings us this elementary composition program that balances structure and individualization. The program's distinctive feature is the Burnette Writing Process, which implements two key components (focus and reflection) to strengthen students' writing. In each assignment, the teacher guides the student to focus and then reflect on specific writing skills. Assignments vary based on the student's writing level: each of the 36 writing tasks includes a separate assignment for three different writing levels: A, B, and C. Level A writers are beginner writers; B writers have mastered some of the process, but need practice; and C writers have mastered more skills, but need to strengthen their abilities.

    Focus enables the writer to improve a few skills at a time. Each assignment includes a maximum of 6 focus skills (for Level C students); the author recommends choosing two to three skills for Level A and three to four for Level B. Students hone their abilities on more specific skills within the broader categories of content, organization, style, conventions, and format. Reflection requires students to think about their writing, to understand their thought process as they write and, through rubrics, evaluate their ability to complete the focus tasks.

    The guide's first portion introduces methodology, elaborates on each lesson's skills and explains focus skills and rubrics. The last portion includes sample poetry, graphic organizers and rubrics. In between, the majority of the guide details the 36 different writing tasks and accompanying assignments. Each assignment explains the goal, the intended audience, writing form and procedure, and suggested focus skills. The different composition tasks encompass descriptive, expository, analytical and creative writing, and use such forms as letters, narration, comparison and contrast, persuasive, play writing and fantasy.

    Use with one student as he/she works through multiple skill levels or simultaneously for multiple ages. In writing, self-evaluation is a difficult but necessary skill, and this text allows the teacher to guide students to becoming stronger and more self-aware writers. 8.5" x 11", copyright pages are reproducible for single classroom, spiral bound, 153pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 058440
    ISBN: 9781592538157
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    Adventures in sculpture and multi-media creation! 32 ideas, each detailed with clear instruction and photos to guide you on your creative adventure. Paper, clay, textiles, sculpture and jewelry projects are each inspired by a well-known artist. Create a plaster relief, branch wrapping, rattles & shakers, paper beaded jewelry, clay stamps and lots more using a variety of different mediums. This book will require some special tools and materials; a list is in the front for you. Pb, 141pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 057666
    ISBN: 9781523503711
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.00

    If you think calendars are boring, try this one for some fun! This wall calendar features a colorful seasonal cartoon scene each month for kids to embellish with markers, crayons and stickers. They can decorate snowmen in January, dress a Halloween party in October, and more. The calendar has 400 stickers to mark events (ie. sports practices, family/school functions) and decorate the monthly scenes. A handy storage pocket at the bottom of the calendar holds the stickers, notes, and anything else you wish to keep close by. Also included is a separate "Ways I've Been Awesome" write-and-erase magnetic rewards chart. The chart has four spaces to list tasks, each with their own Sun-Sat grid spaces. A large "Rewards" square is at the bottom. Place this on the fridge or next to the calendar to incorporate chore planning into your schedule.

  • Item #: 057146
    ISBN: 9781573101080
    Retail: $14.95
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    "It is imperative to understand that we are not trying to make rhyming poets – we make every effort to help students discover the power of language and learn to use it well!" What a great objective for a poetry resource book! And, even more important, they follow through. This reproducible book is a collection of thirty-five multi-page worksheets each focusing on either a type of poetry (i.e. cinquain) or a literary device used in poetry (i.e. alliteration). These worksheets follow a pattern: they provide definitions and samples, and then guidelines and space to create a personal example. A bit of introductory information get the student started at the beginning of the book and some suggestions for additional poetry activities give them somewhere to go when they get to the end of the book. The last page provides an official "poetic license" to be filled in – "this document empowers the holder to use language effectively, imaginatively and with respect." 112 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046848
    ISBN: 9780876590850
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.75

    Looking for lots of simple art projects to do with your children that don't require a bunch of expensive materials? Feel like you're not creative enough to come up with tons of new craft ideas? Then this book is for you. It truly is art with anything… and everything! The book is broken down into 52 weeks of activities, with each week featuring a different common item (e.g. aluminum foil, rocks, coffee filters, egg cartons, leaves, cotton balls, wrapping paper, buttons and many, many more!). The week, in turn, is broken down into 5 days of activities, which adds up to a lot of activities. They progress in complexity within each five day period of working with that media, ending with the most creative and inventive project. While there are very few illustrations and the book is in black and white, the instructions are short and simple to follow. A box on the left-hand side of each two-page spread contains a list of all the materials you will need for that week, broken down by the day. Perfect for an art co-op or just for use with your children at home, you'll have plenty of great activity ideas to keep you busy for a long time! Pb, 115 pgs. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 045002
    ISBN: 9780982537749
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $17.95
    While I already knew that Ellen McHenry has a talent for making complicated topics fun and understandable for middle schoolers, I was impressed all over again when I saw this study on the brain. I mean, it seems manageable to teach chemistry to kids, but neurology? Things can get complicated when you start following nerve pathways across and through the brain! However, I was relieved to see that you don't need to be a brain surgeon to teach this course. The book has two parts – a student booklet and a teacher's section, both of which include reproducibles that you can copy for your own family or one classroom. The student booklet is at the core of the course, and includes all of the text and text-based activities. There are ten topical chapters in the booklet, plus "half-chapters" that end in .5 and cover "extras" that you could choose to cover or skip, depending on your interest and time available. The chapters cover the history of brain research, basic brain anatomy, the right and left sides of the brain, the parts of the brain and their functions, brain cells, neurons, learning and memory, the brain's connection to the body, sleep and brain doctors. Each chapter includes several pages of friendly, straight-forward text on the topic, augmented by black-and-white graphics and the little fingerprint guys you might recognize from the author's chemistry programs. Several review activities are provided at the end of each chapter. These are quite wide-ranging in format, so much so that I'm just going to have to give you specific examples! For instance, in the first chapter on brain research, the first activity asks students to research different brain scans on the internet and answer question about each, then read to find out more about Phineas Gage (the strangest story in brain research!), and finally, students complete a color-by-number "PET Scan." In the chapter about brain parts and functions you'll find a crossword puzzle to complete, a diagram to color the parts of the brain, and "The Brain Song" to listen to, which is available as a download on the author's website. Other fun activities include making a 9-square puzzle of connected neurons and using the right and left sides of your brain to complete specific challenges. An answer key is provided at the end of the student portion, and contains all of the answers to activities with specific answers. The teacher's section is primarily made up of more involved, hands-on activities. These are organized by corresponding chapter and include fun ideas like making a brain "hemisphere hat" using the reproducible patterns that show the different areas of the brain, doing an MRI on an orange, making a human neuronal network, building an edible neuron, and much, much more. I was very impressed with the hands-on activities overall; they are very creative! This would be a very fun curriculum to use with a co-op, or with several of your children at one time. I would recommend finding some good text resources on the brain, as the visuals are a bit limited here, and there may be topics you'll want to read more about, but I think the content and the activities here will definitely capture children's interest! Packaged in a 3-hole, looseleaf format (no longer includes CD; all digital files are available on the author's website). – Jess

  • Item #: 044985
    ISBN: 9780794528423
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.14

    Rather than list this in the drawing section as a drawing book, we are listing it here with the other Usborne Art Ideas books, as it offers the same great range of creative ideas utilizing a number of different mediums – pencil, ink, pastels, paints, etc. While the emphasis is certainly on drawing, the "ideas" include dozens of fun "out of the box" projects that may require/encourage serious drawing skills, a loose doodle style of drawing, or a mix of both. It features the same high quality, colorful pages as the other books in the series and is filled with so many engaging activities that I would be surprised if you skipped any of them! Slightly oversized, hc. 96 pgs. – Melissa

  • Item #: 044573
    ISBN: 9780824967956
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    My first thought when I skimmed this book was, "You know, if you didn't have the time to devote to a full-fledged art curriculum, this would be an excellent resource!" And it is! Flexible for use with multiple grade levels, this art activity book features 40 lessons that cover the elements of art and design through inventive, open-ended projects that include tie-ins to learning about famous artists too! Seven chapters introduce the concepts of line, shape, texture, color, value, form and space through basic instruction and multiple activities. For example, let's look at the first chapter on line. Two pages of text introduce the concept and show examples of different types of line, and how they are used in art. The following projects include: making a crayon-resist painting of a spider web to appreciate linear design, making a decorative line design by filling in an outline of an object with small "patches" of lines in patterns, making a line drawing of an imaginary machine, like Leonardo da Vinci (complete with notes written backwards!), using a grid to make a drawing, drawing a musical instrument (while listening to music), then drawing lines around the instrument inspired by the music, and making a kaleidoscope line design by making a symmetrical design on a Styrofoam tray, then printing a block of the design. Projects in the other six chapters are just as inventive and creative, and I love the little "Meet the Masters" sections here and there that share information on a famous artist and their artistic style. The title sums it up – the projects are so well focused that children will likely create impressive works as they learn the elements of design! Although some of the projects call for specific items (acrylic spray, vermiculite, plaster of Paris, or grass seed), these don't appear to be too difficult to find and most of the projects do rely on the "basics" – construction paper, scissors, crayons, tempera paint, watercolors, colored pencils, and markers. Whether you are just considering incorporating art into your curriculum regularly, or you are looking for enjoyable art projects based on the elements of design, this is an "amazing" resource. 128 pgs. – Jess