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  • Item #: 019866
    ISBN: 9781940110585
    Retail: $42.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    This book is now in 2nd ed. and chapters include What is Astronomy, The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon, Mars, Space Rocks, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Kuiper Belt and the Dwarf Planets, and Stars, Galaxies, and Space Travel. The last few chapters are where you see a change in the chapter sequence from the first edition – chapters 11 and through 14. There are still interesting activities and projects including a model solar system made of balloons, pinhole eclipse viewing box, making a compass, understanding the moon phases, and creating an astrometer. Children are sure to remember the information they are learning between hearing the text, performing the hands-on activities, and completing the journal pages.

    The text is formatted differently from first edition – it begins with an explanation of the text, activities, course website, notebooking journals, and science kit in clear bold print. Each lesson is full of new photography and illustrations and interspersed with scripture. Blue “Think about this” and “Wisdom from Above” boxes give special attention to the Creator, and orange questions are scattered throughout the lessons for students to think about and explain. Activities for each lesson include instructions and illustrations for completion. Every chapter is rounded out with “What do you Remember?” where students recall information from the lesson. The appendices include a lesson-by-lesson supply list for hands-on activities and an answer key for “What do you Remember?” questions.

    Notebooking journals are now in full color and color-coordinated. A suggested schedule is in the front of each notebooking journal, but you decide how many times a week to do your curriculum. The schedule lists daily assignments (71 total), and the lists have items listed in 3 different colors – green for textbook reading assignments, blue for notebook assignments, and brown for science kit activities. Pages in the notebooking journal are formatted for students to answer questions and complete activities. A review of the inner planets now follows lesson 8, review of the outer planets follows lesson 12, and a final review follows lesson 14. “Take it Further” pages are now drawing, making lists of books you’ve read, movies you’ve watched, additional experiments you may have completed, and making scrapbooking pages. Copywork is still included and coloring pages in the junior notebooking journals. There are answer keys in the back for vocabulary crossword puzzles and final review questions.

    Because of the content changes, first edition products won’t work with the 2nd edition. Experiments are different (four of them are unchanged), so lab supplies do vary as well.

  • Item #: 005555
    ISBN: 9781932012859
    Retail: $42.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    This is it, the eagerly anticipated and finally available third book in the"Exploring Creation with Zoology" series. Now it's time to learn about all the land animals God created on the sixth day. Animals in this category are diverse and include many different types. Like the others in this series, the groups are studied using their scientific names. You'll learn about Carnivores, Caniforms, Feliforms, Marsupials, Primates, Rodentia, Ungulates (hoofed animals), Artiodactyla, reptiles, amphibians, and even dinosaurs. The book is divided into 14 modules, each containing the quality information and illustrations you've come to expect from Apologia. Children will learn about what makes each group very special and different from other groups of animals.At the end of each module, children will engage in a variety of notebookactivities and experiments. A "Track It!" activity helps students identify tracks of the animals just covered in that module. The "Map It!" activity encourages students to mark a map with the location of where you might find the animals from that module. How Exciting! I think parents will really enjoy learning along with their children about the unique land creatures God created.

  • Item #: 019865
    ISBN: 9781940110752
    Retail: $29.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    This book is now in 2nd ed. and chapters include What is Astronomy, The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon, Mars, Space Rocks, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Kuiper Belt and the Dwarf Planets, and Stars, Galaxies, and Space Travel. The last few chapters are where you see a change in the chapter sequence from the first edition – chapters 11 and through 14. There are still interesting activities and projects including a model solar system made of balloons, pinhole eclipse viewing box, making a compass, understanding the moon phases, and creating an astrometer. Children are sure to remember the information they are learning between hearing the text, performing the hands-on activities, and completing the journal pages.

    The text is formatted differently from first edition – it begins with an explanation of the text, activities, course website, notebooking journals, and science kit in clear bold print. Each lesson is full of new photography and illustrations and interspersed with scripture. Blue “Think about this” and “Wisdom from Above” boxes give special attention to the Creator, and orange questions are scattered throughout the lessons for students to think about and explain. Activities for each lesson include instructions and illustrations for completion. Every chapter is rounded out with “What do you Remember?” where students recall information from the lesson. The appendices include a lesson-by-lesson supply list for hands-on activities and an answer key for “What do you Remember?” questions.

    Notebooking journals are now in full color and color-coordinated. A suggested schedule is in the front of each notebooking journal, but you decide how many times a week to do your curriculum. The schedule lists daily assignments (71 total), and the lists have items listed in 3 different colors – green for textbook reading assignments, blue for notebook assignments, and brown for science kit activities. Pages in the notebooking journal are formatted for students to answer questions and complete activities. A review of the inner planets now follows lesson 8, review of the outer planets follows lesson 12, and a final review follows lesson 14. “Take it Further” pages are now drawing, making lists of books you’ve read, movies you’ve watched, additional experiments you may have completed, and making scrapbooking pages. Copywork is still included and coloring pages in the junior notebooking journals. There are answer keys in the back for vocabulary crossword puzzles and final review questions.

    Because of the content changes, first edition products won’t work with the 2nd edition. Experiments are different (four of them are unchanged), so lab supplies do vary as well.

  • Item #: 019834
    ISBN: 9781940110738
    Retail: $29.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    This book is now in 2nd ed. and chapters include What is Astronomy, The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon, Mars, Space Rocks, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Kuiper Belt and the Dwarf Planets, and Stars, Galaxies, and Space Travel. The last few chapters are where you see a change in the chapter sequence from the first edition – chapters 11 and through 14. There are still interesting activities and projects including a model solar system made of balloons, pinhole eclipse viewing box, making a compass, understanding the moon phases, and creating an astrometer. Children are sure to remember the information they are learning between hearing the text, performing the hands-on activities, and completing the journal pages.

    The text is formatted differently from first edition – it begins with an explanation of the text, activities, course website, notebooking journals, and science kit in clear bold print. Each lesson is full of new photography and illustrations and interspersed with scripture. Blue “Think about this” and “Wisdom from Above” boxes give special attention to the Creator, and orange questions are scattered throughout the lessons for students to think about and explain. Activities for each lesson include instructions and illustrations for completion. Every chapter is rounded out with “What do you Remember?” where students recall information from the lesson. The appendices include a lesson-by-lesson supply list for hands-on activities and an answer key for “What do you Remember?” questions.

    Notebooking journals are now in full color and color-coordinated. A suggested schedule is in the front of each notebooking journal, but you decide how many times a week to do your curriculum. The schedule lists daily assignments (71 total), and the lists have items listed in 3 different colors – green for textbook reading assignments, blue for notebook assignments, and brown for science kit activities. Pages in the notebooking journal are formatted for students to answer questions and complete activities. A review of the inner planets now follows lesson 8, review of the outer planets follows lesson 12, and a final review follows lesson 14. “Take it Further” pages are now drawing, making lists of books you’ve read, movies you’ve watched, additional experiments you may have completed, and making scrapbooking pages. Copywork is still included and coloring pages in the junior notebooking journals. There are answer keys in the back for vocabulary crossword puzzles and final review questions.

    Because of the content changes, first edition products won’t work with the 2nd edition. Experiments are different (four of them are unchanged), so lab supplies do vary as well.

  • Item #: 065436
    Retail: $35.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    Have some chemistry fun with Elementeo! Set in a medieval, mythological time, this strategy game will help you learn about 50 of the 118 elements of the Periodic Table through different levels of play. In the Element Level you will move and attack with your elements. In the Reaction Level you use the properties and reactions of elements to attack your opponent’s elements. Create compounds from elements and use them to win in the Compound Level. Use black holes, supernovas, nuclear reactions, and Newton’s Laws to help you in the Alchemy Level. The Fusion Level lets you create your own special fusion deck to conquer the chemistry world. The game includes 30 Electron chips, dice, playing board, 2 Element Decks (53 cards each), Compound Deck (25 cards), and Alchemy Deck (25 cards). Cards in this game are reflective of the medieval setting, and you will be helped along your way by the Helium Genie, Sulfur Wizard, Magnesium Magician, Phosphorous Phoenix, and an army of other elemental characters. For 2 to 4 players, commit the elements and their properties to memory as you create, combat, and conquer.

  • Item #: 000519
    ISBN: 9780486401683
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.25

    What study of the states would be complete without a little coloring? Well, it's not really an essential, but it can reinforce the learning. Attractive blackline coloring pages are brimming with information about each of the 50 states, educating as they are colored. Which state is the Sunflower State? The Land of Opportunity? Which state's motto is "Ever Upward"? Informative captions provide each state's nickname, motto, flower, bird, tree, capital, principal rivers and mountains, notable attractions, and other special information.

    Accurate outline drawings of each state are prominent, with a small inset map of the United States showing its location (by shading). Some details, like mountains, rivers, and lakes, appear on the state. The capital's location is starred, but no printed names appear - so you can have your children do a little research and mapwork for extra benefit. This also makes the book usable as a reproducible map source. Surrounding the state are other blackline figures of the state bird, flower, related plant and animal life, and other significant features (New York, for example, includes the Statue of Liberty). Now your students can color their way to U.S. geographic literacy!

  • Item #: 022079
    ISBN: 9780982537718
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $21.50

    Every once in a while, you come across a product that you wish you could have had when you were growing up, and those were exactly my feelings when I reviewed Ellen Johnston McHenry's introductory chemistry course. Geared for the upper elementary to junior-high age students, it introduces chemistry gently, comparing the elements, the ingredients of our world to common kitchen ingredients we use everyday to make many very different baked goods. The analogy kicks off the first chapter, where they learn about the more common elements such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, analogous to flour, sugar, and salt, which are used in nearly everything we bake. More uncommon elements such as berylium, gallium, and selenium are compared to fruit, spices, and other add-ins that you might only use in special recipes. The periodic table is then introduced, in the more simplified (and less intimidating) format of the "Kitchen Cupboard of the Universe). The basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in each chapter, in a very simple, understandable format, and avoids bogging them down with details that will be covered (much more exhaustively!) in high school or college. The approach appears to work well, with protons, neutrons, electrons, the electron cloud model, orbitals, bonding, spin, and more covered in just the very first few chapters. Fun and interactive activities are featured at the end of each chapter, to review and reinforce what was covered in the chapter, before moving further on. The activities are a good mix of hands-on experiments, and model-making, puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, and of course short answer to write electron configurations, Lewis diagrams, chemical compounds and more. The hands-on activities have been well-chosen and illustrate well the concepts that have been learned. Constructing balloon electron cloud models and edible chemical compounds, creating carbon dioxide bubbles, and electolysis are several examples. Several songs are included, for those who are more auditorily oriented. Several more involved activities include making periodic-table pillowcases to play a game on, creating your own "collect-'em-all" chemical elements card deck, and performing several short skits on the discovery of several of the more common elements of the periodic table. Students are also challenged by the author to memorize as much of the periodic table as they can, to help make life easier when they revisit the subject (as well as impress their relatives at get-togethers). At only 78 pages of lessons, this is a fairly brief, but effective introduction to chemistry that could be easily worked into the academic year with any style of curriculum being used. Patterns, outlines, activity sheets, experiments, games, skits and more are included in the Teacher's Section in back half of the book activity packet. And, to make things easier on Mom, most of the materials are easily found, either around the home, or at your local Wal-Mart. (No poring over science supply catalogs trying to decide how many moles of a chemical to order!) A CD is no longer included with the book - instruction is given in the text to stream the songs from the publisher's website and prescreened youtube videos are referenced for additional information.

    All in all, this is a very well-done introduction to the basics of chemistry, and whatever your students take with them from this course will be well applied to more advanced chemistry, making their journey into more advanced chemistry all the more manageable. Plus, I think students will definitely be impressed with themselves for being able to complete some college-level chemistry by Chapter 3 of the book! Personally, my first real experience with chemistry was my senior year of high school, followed by the four semesters of chemistry required by my major, and I think both high school chemistry as well as introductory college chemistry would have been much easier to understand had I had some experience with these concepts at an earlier age. - Jess

  • Item #: 002521
    ISBN: 9780865450424
    Retail: $3.95
    Rainbow Price: $3.75

    From angelfish to zebra, this coloring book features animals to color for every letter of the alphabet. Each page contains detailed, labeled illustrations of five or more animals whose names begin with a specific letter of the alphabet. The animals are a mix of well-known and "exotic." For example, the "Q" page contains the following animals: queen butterfly, quail, Queensland grouper, quokka, quuah, and quetzal. For an additional challenge, the back of the book shows some of the animals again, without their names. Can you write the first letter of the animal's name on the line? 31 pgs. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 065878
    ISBN: 9781615387106
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

      From Memoria Press, students practice writing a letter and short words starting with & using that letter on 1-2 lined pages with dotted midlines. You traced dotted letter first, then write your own. Something unique is the progression of the practice words. You are practicing prior letters as much as possible. For example, the A and B pages have single letters, and then you have words like Baa and Abba. Then on the C page you practice the word cab. On the D page, you write cad, bad, Dad and dab. Towards the end of the alphabet, kids are writing sentences such as Who will take care of the lights? And Jesus is the Victor. There are about 10 pages with scripture to copy (not dotted lines to trace) and a couple of blank practice pages with lines at the back. 74pp, not reproducible ~Sara

  • Item #: 020028
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $144.95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 048076
    ISBN: 9781615388929
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.75

      Classical Phonics is an integral part of the Memoria Press (i.e. Highlands Latin School) approach to reading. Both an underlying foundation to First Start Reading and a comprehensive “next step,” this little book puts a complete series of phonics instruction in the hands of your child. Both the student and the teacher have the advantage of seeing the whole scope of phonics as well as each part in its relation to the whole. And it’s all in one small, well-organized, attractive, concise book – a thorough update of a pint-sized, turn-of-the-(20th) century gem, Word Mastery, by Florence Akin.

      Newly revised, the 2nd edition Classical Phonics offers even more teaching support with phonetic introductions for each unit written by Cheryl Lowe. Other revisions include updated word lists, reorganized content to align with the Traditional Spelling program from Memoria Press and fewer words per page.

      Classical Phonics has been incorporated with the First Start Reading and Traditional Spelling programs. As each FSR workbook is completed (and put away), Classical Phonics provides word lists for continuing practice. With the recently developed Traditional Spelling, families who finish FSR and continue in the Memoria Press scope and sequence will find that all the page number references within Traditional Spelling align with the 2nd edition of Classical Phonics. An excellent compendium of all the phonics that a child learns in K-2, this handy little review book could be used with any phonics program. While it is not a complete language program (there are no sentences – only words – for reading and no printing practice), a resourceful teacher could add those elements.

      Classical Phonics has eight units in four parts. Part One starts with the alphabet and CVC words, plurals, possessives, consonant teams (ck, ng, nk, ch, sh, th, wh), double consonants (Double f, l, s, z), consonant teams with silent letters (kn, wr, mb) and consonant blends including final and initial blends, and three letter blends. Part Two focuses on long-vowels and covers silent e words, long i & o, soft c and g, and the three sounds of y. Long vowel teams are then covered including oa, oe, ow, ee, ie, igh, y, ai, ay, ei, eigh, ey, ea, ey, and the three sounds of ea. Part Three covers special vowel sounds including the special sounds for oi, ou, oo, and o plus the r-controlled vowels. Part Four, Advanced Phonics, teaches advanced phonograms, suffixes and prefixes, spelling rules, syllables and variable endings. At the end of the book is a short but insightful section, Suggestions to Teachers, which carries the admonishment “do not put this book into the hands of your pupils until you have carefully studied these suggestions.” Developed by the original author, this section presents a simple four-part plan for teaching phonics – ear training, tongue training, eye training, and word building. A summary of taught Phonics and Spelling Rules are listed along with the Most Common Words. Spiralbound 139 pgs, pb. ~ Janice/Deanne

  • Item #: 069925
    ISBN: 9781441324733
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

     Perfect for noting themes and favorite scriptures, these gel-crayon highlighters are specially designed to not bleed through traditional Bible pages. Includes 6 colors: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The handy carrying case is perfect for tucking into a Bible cover or bag, and the back includes a suggested key to help you color code your Bible study findings. ~ Laura

  • Item #: 059369
    ISBN: 9781579128951
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    The Periodic Table of the Elements is commonly known to most people, especially those who know chemistry. Theodore Gray & Nick Mann have compiled photographs of the elements in their pure state and some of their compounds in one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen on this subject. He first explains how the Periodic Table came to be and then explains each of the categories of elements represented within the table. Then element by element, he goes through the whole table. A two-page spread (four pages each for gold, iron, aluminum, uranium, lead, and copper) is dedicated to each element. The first page is a full-color, full-page photo of the element in its pure state (when possible), the second offers photos of the way you may see the element being used in everyday life. This resource is smart as well as beautiful, and includes information about the element such as the atomic weight, density, atomic radius, crystal structure, atomic emission spectrum, chemical symbol, and an explanation of how it is used and special features of the element. Elements are the foundation for the tangible items that we see daily; this book connects the science visually. Theodore Gray even offers an interactive Periodic Table at periodictable.com; it includes some of this same beautiful photography of items found in his personal collection of elements. 240 pp, sc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 059861
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.50

    1,2,3,4,5,6 six colorful math games in one sturdy box! Students practice numbers 1-20, 1-100, place value 0-999, and addition and subtraction skills as they play the variety of games. Numbees features a hive on the board where each hexagon on the board holds a number between 2 and 17. Players start in the middle of the board, spin the spinner to show + or 1 to 3, and then move to the appropriate spot to make their way out of the hive. 1-100 Tracks is reminiscent of a train-themed Chutes and Ladders board as players spin the spinner to move up to 9 spaces. Landing on an arrow takes you up or down by 10. The Great Snail Race has two players rolling a die to race to the finish; certain spaces allow children to add or subtract small numbers to jump. In Place Value Round Up, players roll the die and move that amount of spaces, and then round the number on their new space either up or down to the nearest ten. Each ten holds a special instruction to follow if you round to it, such as moving extra spaces forward or backwards. Number Dominoes have children match addition and subtraction facts to numerals and pictures. The last game is really more of a manipulative, holding different colored hundred, ten, and one cards on a ring, each with 1-9 in order to create numbers up to 999. The bottom card has a visible tab that has hundreds, tens, and units written on it, so students can see which number is in which place. Parents and teachers can use it to play "Guess My Number." Most pieces are made out of thick, coated cardboard to last though many uses.

  • Item #: 039235
    ISBN: 9780980072303
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.30

    It's easy to become a cookbook collector. The glossy photos of scrumptious meals draw you in regardless of whether the recipes are easy or the ingredients are easy to find! Our intentions are good, but somehow we just can't get around to pulling together an incredible meal every night. Well, cookbook author Rachel Masters takes a much more practical approach, almost guaranteeing that this is one cookbook that will spend more time on the countertop than on the shelf. As a mom with young children, she was frustrated with the time it was taking to develop a meal plan and grocery list for the week. To make this easier, she created a plan that rotated through all of the main dishes her family enjoyed, along with shopping lists to accompany them. In the end she had a twelve-week plan, each week complete with five main dishes, a dessert, a snack, and a shopping list. After using her plan with much success over the years, she now presents it to the rest of us in handy cookbook form. The cookbook presents thirteen weeks, each with a meal plan for the week, a grocery list (divided into types of food like produce, dairy, etc.), and the recipes. Each week features five meals, a snack, and a dessert. Weeks are broken down by meal, with each meal including recipes for the main course as well as side dishes. As a bonus, Rachel has included a suggested timetable for each meal, outlining when each task preparation task should be done for a six o'clock target dinner time. At this point, you may be mostly concerned about the meals themselves. Will your family like them? Glancing over the meal plans, I'd say they have broad appeal (remember, the author has several young children herself!). A sampling of the meals includes: chicken fajitas, beef stew, lasagna, shepherd's pie, pork chops, sloppy joes, french dip sandwiches, ribs, chicken over rice, sub sandwiches, split pea soup, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork tenderloin, and many more scrumptious-sounding side dishes I don't have room to mention. You won't find anything too specialized in here, just family-pleasing favorites. Of course, if everyone in your family dislikes a certain recipe, just replace it with one of your own and edit the shopping list to include those ingredients.

    Additionally, seven appendices include suggestions for breakfasts and lunches, using produce from your garden, recipes for special events and holidays, essentials for the kitchen, tips and ideas, making a few typically store-bought items from scratch, and some advice on family meal time (including suggestions to get children to try new things!). All in all, this is a great, practical resource for any busy mom struggling to shop and pull together meals each week! I know our family could have benefited from this approach when I was growing up! – Jess

  • Item #: 036061
    Retail: $36.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    This huge calendar is intended to be used in a classroom setting, but could be fun in a home as well. The chart measures 30.75"W x 44.25"H and is made out of durable nylon. The calendar and chart is great for exploring days of the week, months, years, weather, seasons, holidays, and special events. The blue nylon background has clear plastic pockets. Colorful word, number, and picture cards made out of laminated cardboard are included to put in the pockets. On the top of the chart there are pockets for month and year cards (up through 2026). Then the days of the week are listed, and there are plenty of square pockets to insert numbers to form that month's calendar. The next section of the chart has a pocket for the current day of the week, the day it was yesterday, and the day it will be tomorrow. A pocket to display a season card is also included. A section for "Today's Weather" is then located on the bottom of the chart with pockets to insert cards that display things like rain, a cloud over the sun, snowflakes, wind, etc. There are 76 picture cards (including 12 blank cards you can decorate yourself), that can be placed on the calendar showing holidays, seasons, and special classroom events like field trips and the last day of school. There are 19 word cards displaying the months and days of the week and 41 number cards that show the years and dates. Three yellow storage pockets are sewn into the bottom of the chart to hold all the cards not in use. Six holes are punched in the top of the chart and reinforced with metal for easy hanging. This chart provides a fun way to start off your school day and is a great visual aid for teaching young kids about calendars. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 022502
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Keep the discard pile from exceeding 99 on your turn; that's the goal. Every player discards a card, and with a few exceptions, they all add to the total count. But there are a few special cards – some subtract from the total, some reverse the count so that new cards subtract from the total, and some can be used as two different numbers, depending on what you want to do. A fun party game that requires quick addition and subtraction skills. Two or more players. Single deck and packaged in a cardboard box. ~ Mark

  • Item #: 048695
    ISBN: 9781465474759
    Retail: $50.00
    Rainbow Price: $30.95

    When you take in the 600+ page count, the large trim size, and the glossy, full-color pages packed with gorgeous art reproductions, I feel that the price on this "coffee-table-quality" art book is extremely reasonable. After an opening chapter on looking at art and understanding basic art concepts (subject and composition, light and shade, etc.), the rest of the chapters progress chronologically from prehistory to the present day. Within each chapter specific geographical areas, cultures or artistic movements are covered. Most chapters focus on a group of artists that represent that time period or style, each with a short biography or biographical information and examples of their artwork. Often there are "closer looks" where the reader is invited to zoom in on a particular segment of a painting to appreciate a technique or a special feature. Occasionally, a themed page with a black background features a collection of works by different artists based around a similar subject, such as children or work. Like other DK books, the pages are packed with captioned full-color art reproductions. It's easy to believe that over 2,500 works are featured in this hefty volume! The art reproductions vary widely in size; some of them are page-size, while others take up only a few inches of space. Whether you use this as an art reference or a coffee table book, it's almost irresistible to browse. This has been a popular book around our office as well; its visual appeal is undeniable! One important note: although the book is an excellent reference, it is not geared specifically for children. There are plenty of nudes and partial nudes throughout the book. You will want to "edit" with sticky notes or selectively preview which pages you use with your children depending on their ages and your own family preferences. 612 pages, hc. - Jess

  • Item #: 046854
    ISBN: 9780810957213
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.75

    Can You Hear It? by William Lach is an interesting addition to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's popular Can You Find It? series. In this 39-page book, beautiful works of art are paired with equally beautiful symphonies, introducing children to both and encouraging their appreciation. The book brings pictorial classical music—music inspired by or capable of conjuring vivid visual images—to life through 16th century oil paintings, 19th-century engravings, and more, all displayed in dazzling full-color. Featured music includes pieces and excerpts of Vivaldi, Gershwin, Copland, Tchaikovsky, and others. The game is played and the book best used by reading the "Can you hear it?" clues on the pages, finding the clue in the artwork, playing the corresponding symphonic track on the included CD, and listening for the specific sound effect intended to represent that particular image. Follow-up clues are provided for the more difficult pairs. After identifying the clues, children can act out, draw, or describe the pictures the music makes in their own minds in addition to those in the art on the pages. Also included in the book are "An Introduction to Musical Instruments" (six pages of instrument descriptions and photographs of beautiful instruments—both in works of art, and that are works of art in themselves), a special section "About the Art and Music," and a brief listing of additional print, web, and CD resources. A great introduction to both art and classical music, and a beautiful and memorable book. ~ Rachel D.

  • Item #: 045285
    ISBN: 9781587611148
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.50

    This book covers many holidays, special occasions, rituals, and traditions within many religions and in many parts of the world, and makes for an interesting read and a real education on different cultures. The discussion of each topic often includes variations that one might find, and, of course, the origin or history of the tradition. Topics are organized by seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. You'll find traditions that are well known in the American culture at large, such as Easter, Independence Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, wedding cakes, and even Super Bowl Sunday. You'll find some that may be a little less known such as Purim, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice. And you'll find some that are obscure for most of us here in the U.S., such as Maslenitsa and Vesak, and customs in China for when a baby is born. Not only will you travel the world, but you'll also get some creative ideas, such as what to do after the Thanksgiving meal, or ideas for making Mother's Day special. Besides educating us and our children, reading a book like this can remind us to savor life and stop going through the motions. 272 pgs, pb ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 041383
    ISBN: 9781414333106
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95
    When my children were little we wore out three copies of Kenneth Taylor's Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes. Also by Kenneth Taylor, this book is a combination ABC book, primer for Christian living, and fun picture book. I think we would have worn this one out, too. Each letter has a set of two pages which feature a short poem such as "P is for polite, Saying, 'Thank you,' and, 'Please.' It is not hard to do And puts others at ease." Topics covered include crying, forgiving, helping, obeying, visitors, yelling, and an alphabet of others. A short text reading asks thoughtful questions about the letter topic and provides gentle teaching on the subject. A full-page illustration, highly detailed and delightfully and artfully cluttered, includes multiple items associated with the letter. For instance, the 'P' page includes presents, popcorn, pie, porcupines, a parrot and a piñata. Three questions involve the child in the artwork (Point to the children in the picture who are being polite), require the student to make a personal application (Tell about some ways you can be polite) and help the child consider God's perspective (Does God want us to be polite? Why?). A Bible verse concludes the page. The artwork is the sort that children will spend a long time studying. In addition to the detail already mentioned, there are hidden ladybugs on each page. You and your child will love looking for them, and by the way, you will have to look. This book just begs to be a present to a child loved by you. 60 pgs. Hb. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 037864
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.22

    If you're looking for some activities to enhance your study of The Mystery of History V.1, this handy CD-ROM is for you. Jean Henrich, a gifted artist, has provided the instructions to complete eight art projects to complement the main text. Thirty-five reproducible coloring pages are also included on the CD. Linda Lacour Hobar, author of Mystery of History V.1, has selected projects and coloring pages that will remind students of the ancient history they are learning, and she has linked the projects to corresponding lessons from the text. The correlating title and lesson number is identified with each project on the CD-ROM. Background information for each project, fun facts, brief histories, and lists of materials needed are included. The projects can be fairly complicated, require adult supervision, and require basic art supplies along with special materials like plasticine and polymer clay, acrylic paint, dried leaves, mosaic tiles, foam sheets, a hand drill, grout, and more (none of which is included). Step-by-step directions are given along with color photographs of assembly. Students can fossilize a fern in plaster, sculpt a Sumerian bas-relief, build an Egyptian shaduf, create an ancient oil lamp, assemble a Chinese cricket cage, construct a Greek temple façade, make Chinese paper cuts, and arrange a Roman animal mosaic. These projects will help students bring ancient history to life as they study and create, and the projects have different difficulty levels that can be geared toward various ages. Tips for successful projects and a suggested outline for the study are included, recommending 2 projects for each quarter so all 8 are finished in a year. The 35 coloring pages included on the CD-ROM provide five pages for each of the projects - five each for ancient botanicals, ancient Mesopotamia and Samaria, ancient Egypt, Israel, ancient China, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome. The projects and the coloring pages are in a PDF format on the CD-ROM, so you can scroll through them or easily print them off. This is a great supplement to The Mystery of History Volume 1 and will provide students with art to keep and enjoy that will remind them of the ancient history they have learned. Minimum requirements to run CD-ROM: Windows 95, 16 MB hard disk space, and optional additional 50 MB hard disk space to view some video on the CD.

  • Item #: 037251
    Retail: $2.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.75

    Turn your everyday calendar into a weather calendar with the help of these colorful weather stickers! Put a bright yellow and orange sun on your calendar when it's sunny or a blue raindrop if it's rainy. Snowflakes and partly cloudy stickers are also provided. Each sticker is approximately 3/8," which makes them perfect for your family wall calendar, or you can create a special weather calendar, adding weather conditions and temperature readings. Contains eight sheets of 100 stickers each. A wonderfully inexpensive and easy way to work weather watching into your science curriculum! – elise

  • Item #: 036282
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.49

    Your kids will enjoy working on their U.S. Geography skills as they assemble these fifty-one large puzzle pieces that come together to form a finished 2' x 3' floor puzzle. The puzzle pieces are larger than your average puzzles (great for little hands) and are easy-to-clean as they have a special surface allowing you to simply wipe them down if they get dirty or sticky. Larger states are individual pieces, while smaller states are clumped together. Each state is brightly colored and clearly identified with the name, capital, and representative illustration. You will be "floored" at how quickly your children will learn their U.S. Geography with the help of this fun and educational puzzle! – elise

  • Item #: 035426
    Retail: $5.58
    Rainbow Price: $3.56

    Can you imagine the looks on their faces when you hand your kids these bold, colorful crayons and say, "Go draw on your bedroom window"? Priceless! Decorate the car windows for special occasions and holidays or work out math problems on the kitchen window. Not just limited to windows, these fun crayons by Crayola® glide smoothly onto any glass surface, so go to town on the mirrors too! They easily wash off glass surfaces (even a dry cloth will work), so you can have an endless supply of space to put your colorful graffiti on! Crayon pigments are contained in a plastic barrel with a snap cap, have a twisty end to push out more pigment, and they won't dry out like window markers! Colors include: blue, green, black, red, and yellow.

  • Item #: 034802
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    Knowledge in a box? Cool! Sign me up! Learn about letters and sounds as you play with these 250 photo puzzle pieces. The pieces fit simply end to end, so little learners can connect them easily. Made of sturdy cardboard, each piece is about 2x2" with a simple, rectangular "outie" and "innie" on opposite sides to fit them together. Upper and lower case letters are included along with the photo pieces. Instructions give ideas such as connecting the letters in alphabetical order, or choose a letter and link up pictures of things that begin with that letter like "L" with a lion and lemon. You could match upper and lower case letters or lay out a series of letters and pull one out, then ask kids to tell you what is missing. Sort photos by one syllable or two. Group them by long vowel sounds and short vowels sounds, or find all photo cards where the words end in a d sound. There are even more ideas in the inside! Use these with your special learners too. Supports NAEYC standards to strengthen alphabet skills. Comes in a nice box for storage. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 025944
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.75

    Have fun coloring and doing activities with Disney princesses without a mess! These Disney activity books each come with a Magic Pen® that reveals hidden colors and allows you to do other fun activities within the 24 pages. Book measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/8". Frozen activity books are assorted. Activities include pictures with colors waiting to be revealed and either pages with invisible ink or 2 sticker puzzles. Sold individually; styles vary. We’ll assort on orders of more than one. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 024700
    ISBN: 9780310730958
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

      This book holds a wealth of presidential info, albeit sometimes tongue-in-cheek (imagine large sunglasses on each president). From the country’s foundation to 2013, each presidency is explained in bite-sized pieces and interesting sections: The Bottom Line; What Was He Thinking?; Why Should I Care?; Breakin’ It Down; Previous Career; First Couple; Presidency; and What Has he Done for me Lately?. Other facts are highlighted in side bars, charts, graphs and full-color illustrations, and a special Presidential Times newspaper overview section. Important themes from each presidency are stressed so you can work through the text and easily compare. How did each president view the constitution? What were themes in his platform speech? I can see this being a handy, go-to, overview reference for your teens as you work through American history. Quite an engaging book that will appeal to even your non-history buffs. I love that this book shows how past actions and decisions affect our present, with the implication that our present will affect the future. By the same publishers as Our Constitution Rocks (#006864), 8” x 10”, 316 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 019786
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $3.75

    I’m tired of flipping pages back and forth! All five days are shown on one page so your students can see the week at a glance, and you can fill them in each week without page-flipping! Spiral bound book is 7” x 11” with 48 pages (40 devoted to assignments). Eight lines are provided for each day of the week (if you need more, you’re workin’ ‘em too hard!) Extra pages are for class schedule, special projects, schedule of “school events”, directory, etc.

  • Item #: 017347
    ISBN: 9780978541309
    Retail: $10.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    If you need some help getting organized, but want more flexibility than a standard lesson-plan book provides, read on! This journal combines lesson planner with other helpful forms uniquely suited to homeschooling. Intended as a permanent record, the spiral-bound volume can be filed away with your children’s work as a lasting reference to your school year. The first few pages contain helpful instructions for use and 2-year calendar to aid in planning. A“Linear Schedule of Home Schooling Events” - your year-at-a-glance summary of school-related activities - is followed by a page of yearly requirements like dental exams, test dates, home schooling conventions, etc. A two-sided page for recording by-subject test scores follows. The next several pages are devoted to recording information pertinent to planning field trips, including goals for learning. The heart of the organizer is a generous 200-day daily subject log. Recording boxes are ample and each page helpfully includes a lined, wide “NOTES:” column which allows for detailed recording of particulars on field trips, special activities, journal entries, whatever. At the end of the planner are 13 full pages of library list forms, allowing you to keep a record of books read or books that you hope to locate for use in unit studies. Reasonably priced, this journal could be a wonderful investment in tracking and organizing your school year.