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  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 033856
    Retail: $24.95
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    With all the new art mediums the student is exploring, a little visual demonstration can go a long way! This set of DVDs correlates with The Book of Many Colors, introducing each medium as it is covered in the book, and demonstrating how to start or complete the lessons. The quality of the video leaves a bit to be desired and there are no easily navigable chapter titles, but if your student is just learning how to use pastels and paints and you don't feel confident assisting them through the lessons, this is a helpful resource. Over 5 hrs.

  • Item #: 055399
    Retail: $39.95
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    This is an entire art course in one set of DVDs! Barry Stebbing has been an artist and educator for a long time. His style is relaxed, neat, structured, yet open to the happy accidents that often occur in art. His voice is easy to listen to and he narrates as he is painting and demonstrating. I watched the entire first oil painting lesson and feel I can go get some canvas paper, paints, turpentine, some brushes and start practicing the techniques he demonstrated. Mr. Stebbing begins with the basics and recommends that students be about 12 years old for oil painting. There are 2 DVDs each on oils, acrylics and watercolors for almost 11.5 hours of instruction total. This would be fun to use with multiple kids or even for parents to do along with students. Materials needed are basic, but should be of good quality for beginners to get the best results. Each video tells you what you will need to practice the techniques kids will learn. You can gather your own supplies based on Barry's reccomendations or purchase the boxed set which includes supplies and the DVD set. In general, he suggests that you practice with less costly materials to develop your skills before beginning a real painting.

    The whole approach is practical and home-friendly. Even if you are an artsy Mom or co-op teacher, the techniques in his videos are beyond what most of us artsy folks are familiar with. Small kids will need close supervision, but middle grades and up could probably do this program pretty independently. This is a good choice for a family looking for an elective and not wanting to use a structured art curriculum. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 007786
    ISBN: 9781619991316
    Retail: $34.95
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    If you're really unsure about teaching art, or you need additional teaching support, you may want to consider these helpful DVDs. Barry Stebbing provides a nice introduction to the program and supplies, and then walks viewers through each lesson while he models the exercises and provides helpful tips and guidance to students. While you may want to note the filming is not of the highest quality, you'll find many hours of instruction in this complete teaching companion!

  • Item #: 050299
    ISBN: 9781450785082
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $48.95

    This course is for your visual learners who need high school credit in Chemistry. Wes Olson, the host of Biology 101, will take you on a journey through the history of chemistry along with what the study of chemistry is all about. This course is divided into nineteen 20-45 minute segments and examines the world of chemistry, the periodic table, important characters in the field of chemistry, the essentials of chemistry such as neutrons, isotopes, ions, compounds, molecules, and balancing chemical equations, an explanation of the elements – non-metals, poor metals, transition metals, rare earth & radioactive metals, and the future of chemistry. This is a 4 DVD set that has a running time of 10 hours, 55 minutes along with PDF files for the guidebook, accreditation booklet, and an extended periodic table.

    To get started with this program, you will want to print off the PDF files for the guidebook, periodic table and accreditation schedule, or take them somewhere to have them printed (the guidebook is over 120 pages). Students will be starting a chemistry notebook for this program in which they will write their research and reports. You will want to read ahead in the guidebook so you can gather and prepare needed items for the next lesson, mini-labs, and reports. The guidebook also allows the student to review information covered in the lessons along with quizzes and discussions questions. Mini-labs are demonstrated in the lessons and are performed with items from around your house or are easily accessible. I think the labs are much better and meatier than those found in Biology 101 and would do a much better job of meeting the high school credit. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 059497
    ISBN: 9781943122127
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    Does your child struggle with retaining math facts or forget how to perform basic math computations? Do they need to use math manipulatives for basic math facts, even into their middle school years? With the majority of math curricula written for the left-brain learners who easily understand the drill-based math facts taught through black and white images, what is a parent to do with a child who learns differently and is not able to grasp math as traditionally taught? This DVD may provide the key to defeating frustration and overcoming forgetfulness! Beginning with a brief overview of right and left-brain learning as it applies to mathematics, Dianne Craft shares effective strategies to help struggling learners retain math facts and processes. While recommendations for math curricula workbooks are offered, these techniques would work with most math programs that you are currently using-with just a bit of tweaking! Strategies to teach addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, Algebra (order of operations), fractions and multiplication by 3 digits are included. This totally different teaching method will retrain the “non-math” brain into a math sponge, giving your child confidence and skills for math success! While not part of the Right Brained Math Series from Child First Publications, this DVD could be a vital forerunner to that series, providing parents and teachers a foundational understanding of right brain leaners and their distinctive needs. Part of the “Struggling Learner Seminar” series. DVD runs approximately 40 minutes. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 063098
    ISBN: 9781495162817
    Retail: $69.95
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    If you like the idea of a dvd to teach your high school physics course, Wes Olson has the solution – Physics 101. Like the other courses in the 101 Series, Wes Olson offers an engaging visual course rather than having the student read a text. Learn about the physics of our world, historical figures and their contributions and do hands-on labs to help you understand the concepts.

    Physics 101 covers concepts in these areas: light and color, mirrors and lenses, invisibility and speed of light, sound, acoustics, fire, thermodynamics, heat and cold, electricity, outlets and circuits, batteries and electromagnetic spectrum, Isaac Newton, Universal Law of Gravity, 1st Law of Motion, 2nd and 3rd Laws of Motion, Albert Einstein, relativity, quantum mechanics and the future of physics. There are 20 segments and a video for each that range in length from 20 to 43 minutes - a total of 11 hours and 10 minutes of video. Options are offered for subtitles and closed captions – a variety of languages are offered.

    There are PDFs that you may want to print and are included on the fourth disc (there are four discs in this course). The first pdf is titled, “Course Accreditation Program” and the second is the “Guidebook.” Instructions for opening the pdfs are printed on the face of Disc 1. Print out the files, hole punch them and put them in a notebook for your convenience.

    The Course Accreditation Program (CAP) is important information on how to use the course and get high school credit – a syllabus. Physics 101 provides about 135 hours of content, which is enough for one credit in physics. Basically, a lesson includes 4 steps: watch the video lesson, discuss the questions (found in the guidebook), do the mini-labs, research, write a 200-word report and take the segment quiz. The CAP includes all of the information for doing mini-labs – lists, instructions and where to fit them in. Mini-labs use common household items and a master list is found on page 4 of the CAP. You may run across a few unusual items, such as a canned air horn, microphone with jack to plug into your cell phone, magnesium fire starter, volt meter, etc. Items that are less common are marked, and you can skip labs if the items can’t be found; you will find that some sections have no labs and others have multiple. Instructions are included for assembling a student notebook that will be used all year; here students will record, take notes.

    The Guidebook is 106 pages and includes the table of contents (showing the segment and chapter divisions), an outline for each segment, discussion questions, quizzes, quiz answers and an alphabetic index.

    Physics 101 is a great high school level physics for your visual student or an interesting and informational watch for your family. Presented from a Christian worldview, students will learn about the relationship between science and the Bible in the area of physics. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 028632
    ISBN: 9781590527696
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Josh Harris' book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye has been the subject of debate and controversy since it was first published in the late 1990's. Some people, it seems, just can't get past the bold title. "What's the matter with dating, anyway?" they say. Or, "What's so special about courtship?" As Josh himself would say, "Courtship, shmourtship." The point of I Kissed Dating Goodbye isn't about what term we use to define a romantic relationship. The point isn't that couples should only ever interact in group-settings and never spend time alone. The point, quite simply, is our attitude about relationships. Are we looking to God's word for guidance in romantic relationships, or have we allowed ourselves to be influenced by what is culturally acceptable?

    In this thought provoking video based on his best-selling book, Joshua Harris presents three messages emphasizing godly attitudes of selflessness and sincerity in pursuing a relationship with someone of the opposite sex. In this video version of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Harris' sense of humor and sincerity shine through even more clearly than they do in print. Although much of the material was not new to me, as I had read the book already, this video held my attention from beginning to end.

    In part one of the DVD, Josh discusses love as defined by God – self-sacrificing, placing the other person's best interests above your own desires. Part two focuses on maintaining purity in an age of compromise - not through a series of rules, but out of genuine concern for the other person as a brother or sister in Christ. Part three is all about trusting in God, waiting on his timing, and allowing him to bring you and your future spouse together in his perfect way, at just the right moment. Interspersed throughout the messages are a number of "breakout sessions," short segments wherein Josh digs deeper into the subject at hand, "on the street" interviews – eye-opening segments highlighting opinions on love and sex held by average people, a powerful dramatization of Josh's dream "The Room" as mentioned in his book, and encouraging testimonies from real men and women living by the principles of I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

    Bonus material includes two messages by Harris, now a pastor at New Life Covenant Church in Gaithersburg, MD. These messages were inspired by Josh's second book, Boy Meets Girl, and offer solid biblical and practical advice especially for those transitioning from friendship to marriage. Whether you are currently in a relationship or simply planning for the future, this DVD will inspire and bless you as it did me. I think you'll find Josh's non-judgmental, non-preachy style to be encouraging and uplifting. ~ Rachel P.

  • Item #: 021898
    Retail: $4.95
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    Little kids aren't the only ones who like to make crafts! Adults and older kids do too. A happy hostess, Sharyn Pak, will teach you how to make beginner bead projects that you can keep and use or give as gifts to your friends and family. Her instruction is clear and easy to follow as you learn to make necklaces, earrings, eyeglass leashes, zipper doodles, bracelets, wine glass charms, bibbers (to hold a napkin around your neck) and ankle bracelets. You will have so much fun collecting beads from here and there for your supplies! I buy a lot of them on sale and put them in our 17 Compartment Organizers (#046292) by color families. Choose your favorite colors since you will be creating original pieces! Just a few basic techniques will open up loads of creative possibilities! You will need a few basic tools and materials to get started and these are described in the video. If I had to guess, I would say $20-$30 would get you tools and supplies for several of these projects if you were starting from scratch. Play it on your DVD player or on a computer. Run time 40 minutes ~ Sara

  • Item #: 061397
    ISBN: 9781560108719
    Retail: $14.95
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    Whether youve always wanted to try watercolors and dont know where to start or youve already dabbled in the medium and need some direction, this is a great and useful tool. Its like having your own personal painting instructor in your home and having the concepts and techniques of watercolors presented in a live, step-by-step format makes them so much easier to understand. Artist Joan Hansen demonstrates and explains all the basics of watercolors. She also covers selecting materials and paintbrushes, set up and work space. Plus, drawing from her years of experience, she shares her insight and advice on this beautiful medium. Topics are broken up into chapters on the DVD, so you can easily go back later and find a particular section to re-watch. Included with the DVD is a small booklet that gives a brief overview of the tools needed, a glossary of concepts and terms, and a bio of artist Joan Hansen. Her style of teaching is calm and encouraging. Now I want to paint! Approx. 60 minutes. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 033845
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $28.75

    This instructional drawing course is great for kids or families looking for a gentle introduction to how to draw. Artist Barry Stebbing, author of the How Great Thou Art programs, guides viewers through 6 lessons, drawing right along with the viewer. The lessons vary between 45 minutes to over an hour in length. Lessons are: Fundamentals I, Fundamentals II, Perspective, Portraits & Anatomy, Animals, and Treasures Around the Home. The first lesson starts out with the very basics; viewers will draw basic shapes, learn simple shading techniques and draw objects such as a fruit bowl. The first four lessons are perfect for younger children or very beginning artists, as the drawing projects all consist of simple objects, scenes and cartoons (like Wally the Worm). Interspersed into each lesson and example are basic drawing concepts, including shading, portraying three-dimensional objects, perspective, layering colors and more. The last two lessons get into more lifelike and still-life drawing, including realistic "portraits" of farm animals and a grouped still life with an apple, decanter, vase and flower.

    These lessons have also been aired on the Homeschool Channel, and How Great Thou Art offers homework PDF files available for free download on their site. Homework pages are grouped by age; 6-9, 10-13 and 14 to adult. Unlike How Great Thou Art's other DVDs, this one is a stand-alone drawing course. It would make a great drawing course for the whole family especially if you have not completed one of their other drawing courses. I think the content of much of the course is more appropriate for young artists just starting out, and while more drawing practice won't hurt anyone, the examples in the first few lessons are quite simple, and Mr. Stebbing appears to be addressing younger children at times. Materials needed for the course include a sketch pad and a 120-color colored pencil set. Approx. 223 min. - Jess

  • Item #: 000623
    ISBN: 9780618997138
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.25
    This entertaining picture book teaches young readers about the "forms and functions" of specific body parts in different animals. A two-page spread begins with a question, such as "What can you do with a nose like this?" or "What do you do with eyes like these?" with unidentified close-ups of the same body parts from five different animals. The following two-page spread answers the question, revealing full-length illustrations of the five animals accompanied by explanations of the body part's function. For example, when answering the question "What can you do with a nose like this?" the book explains how a platypus uses its nose to dig in the mud, a hyena finds its next meal with its nose, an elephant uses its nose to give itself a bath, a mole digs underground with its nose, and an alligator breathes through its nose while hiding in the water. This Caldecott Honor Book features appealing collage-type illustrations of the animals, and the last four pages contain additional details about each animal accompanied by thumbnail illustrations of the animals. By Steve Jenkins & Robin Page. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
  • Item #: 047997
    Retail: $14.95
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    I want to express a heartfelt “Thanks” to Ginger McCreary, the speaker on this DVD for sharing her wisdom, advice, and experience with us. Although she describes herself as “ordinary,” I would say she is “extra-ordinary” in that, even after completing 19 years of homeschooling, she is still amazingly enthusiastic about the pursuit. Ginger has a refreshingly “real” manner. Even though she has successfully home schooled and advised other homeschoolers for years, she has an attitude of gracious humility that comes through. She’s here to help and encourage you, not to preach at you, tell you what you must do, or brag about her own achievements. Although sometimes it is difficult to listen to the same speaker for a length of time, I found this an easy and pleasant talk.

    There’s something on this DVD for people at all stages of homeschooling, whether you’re just considering it or have done it for years. Some of the topics she discusses are:

    Why people homeschool

    Advantages of home education

    A short history of compulsory education

    Socialization

    Tips for homeschooling success

    Organization in your home school

    Scheduling

    Keeping records

    Choosing the best curriculum for you

    Support for homeschooling

    Homeschool dads

    Instead of listening to someone still in the middle of it all, get advice from someone who has finished the race well. I have to laugh at some of the books we get for review from young people who are single, just married, or with young families, imparting their advice to others on the subjects of marriage, family, or schooling. There’s a reason employers look for a person with experience. And that same reason applies to listening to someone’s advice. Before we jump onto a moving wagon, let’s take a hard look at the person driving the wagon. Have they completed this trip before? Do they know where the potholes and obstacles are? Do they know when and where to turn? Only if they have successfully completed the course themselves should they presume to give others advice and direction for the journey. Ginger has successfully homeschooled three children at home from grades K-12. All three attended college. One is an officer in the army, one is getting her master’s degree, and the last one is still in college.

    As someone who has homeschooled even longer (four out of college and married, one in college, two still at home), I found her advice full of common sense and right on target. I really appreciated her tips on keeping your home clean and organized (“Teach your children to do every job at home. Children must learn to work”) and honesty about the challenge (“You will feel like quitting.” “You will feel discouraged.” “You will want to flag down the big, yellow school bus and put your children on it.”), including excellent counsel on how to avoid burnout, stress, and discouragement. Despite the fact that we have not been engaged much with other homeschoolers (because of our time-consuming family business), I agree with her strong encouragement to seek out and get support from other homeschoolers via local support groups. As she accurately points out, homeschooling is a radical lifestyle. More so when we first began, but even today it is considered a fringe activity. And she is right on the money about even churches not necessarily being supportive (or the children in them being accepting of yours!). Ginger and her husband were heavily involved in both local and state groups, serving as officers and board members. She puts in a strong plug for not only using these groups for your own support, but in giving back to them through your service to other homeschoolers. She doesn’t mince words, either, when it comes to putting aside unrealistic expectations for your school or the amount of help you should expect in day-to-day schooling from a working dad. Rather, she encourages dads to prioritize their family’s educational pursuits by being interested, by showing support and respect for your efforts (including the occasional disciplinary call for help), perhaps attending homeschooling conventions with you to help make curriculum choices, and maybe even joining you in serving your homeschool support group or state organization.

    Listening to this DVD is like getting good advice from an old and trusted friend. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you can or should homeschool, this presentation would be an inexpensive help in making that decision. If you’re new to homeschooling, Ginger is a seasoned veteran with many worthwhile suggestions that will save you time and money. Her commonsense counsel and insights, along with her naturally calm and friendly demeanor, will help you conquer self-doubt and be encouraged on your journey.

  • Item #: 007777
    Retail: $59.95
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    While they may seem pricey at first glance, this set is the next best thing to having Barry Stebbing teach art in your home. The DVDs cover each lesson in the text, so you can watch or even follow along as Barry completes the exercises and provides helpful tips and guidance for you and your young artists. An introduction and an explanation of the art supplies needed are provided on the first DVD. Although the presentation is not professional-quality in terms of sound and lighting, they are useful if you do not feel you can teach or facilitate the lessons in the book.

  • Item #: 052566
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    While writing may not be enjoyable for many children, there are others who battle writing so strongly that as a parent, you know it is just not "normal". Your child may be very bright and possibly be able to weave a wonderful oral story, but the process of putting spoken words onto paper is so overwhelming that your child resists you and fights you every step of the way. Why do some children dread writing so intensely? The problem may be a writing glitch known as dysgraphia.

    In this DVD, Dianne Craft identifies four natural learning gates and explores the many characteristics of dysgraphia concluding with a simple diagnostic test parents can give their children to assess them for dysgraphia. Some of the traits you may notice if your child has dysgraphia include letter and number reversals, poor spacing with manuscript writing and math problems, copying from the board or a book is difficult and often is completed one letter at a time, words contain mix of upper case and lower case letters, and he may experience difficulties with fine motor skills. Other characteristics of children with a blocked learning gate are expanded upon before Mrs. Craft introduces us to a simple exercise designed to eliminate dysgraphia, which is demonstrated multiple times with children of various ages. While the exercise will be easy to implement at home, she acknowledges it is not an overnight process; in fact, her recommendation is to complete the exercise four days a week for eight weeks for maximum benefit. Included in the DVD are tips to overcome the common roadblocks to successful integration of the "writing eight" exercise. Professionally done, this DVD provides parents the knowledge they need to understand the writing struggles experienced by their bright learners as well as the confidence to assist them in conquering the blocked learning gate. DVD. 127 min. Deanne



  • Item #: 030557
    ISBN: 9780964921535
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.95
    We also offer a 55-minute Write Now instructional DVD. In the program, the author herself demonstrates the writing strokes directly in the workbook. Corresponding book and page references appear on screen so the student can follow along. The viewer sees close-ups of the instructor's hand as she writes. She explains how she makes each stroke and provides tips on holding the writing instrument properly, maintaining a consistent slope, and so forth. The DVD is not necessary to complete the course; you can certainly work through the book without it. However, it's a great resource for those looking for audiovisual reinforcement of key italic handwriting concepts.
  • Item #: 037757
    ISBN: 9781594640933
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

    If you've ever dreamed of taking a year and traveling around the world to see all of the most magnificent sights, this movie is for you. It shows you all the natural and manmade landmarks that people most often visit when sightseeing, along with famous buildings, historical sights, traditional festivals, and breath-taking views. It takes you to countries and places at the perfect time of year to catch the area's best attractions. The camera zooms in on the sights and makes the viewer feel like they are actually at the locations looking at the sights. A pleasant, male voice in the background points out interesting and historical information. It's like having a tour guide with you as you travel around the world. Once the DVD is finished showing and describing one area, a map of the world is shown as the tour moves onto another area. The DVD menu allows you to either view the entire one-year trip around the world or break it up into mini-trips to Europe and the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and Australia and the Americas. Through this visual presentation, you'll be able to do such things as celebrate New Year's Eve in Paris, explore Egypt's tombs, observe Africa's wildebeest migration, walk China's Great Wall, see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, travel the Grand Canyon by mule, and end the year with Christmas in New York. Learn about different cultures, faraway lands, and historical events from around the world with this entertaining and fact-filled movie. The DVD is actually three movies put together, and each section is about 55 minutes long, making the entire DVD run 2 hours and 45 minutes. From the Reader's Digest Classic Collection. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 033893
    Retail: $29.95
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    If you're looking for a fairly conservative, Christian overview of art history without additional art instruction, you'll want to take a look at this DVD set. In 12 lessons, author and Christian artist Barry Stebbing examines art masterpieces and great artists from a biblical perspective. Lessons include: "What is Art?," "The Second Commandment," "Early Christian Art," "Godly Periods of Art / Byzantine," "Christian Artists," "The Dark Ages / Monasteries," "The Gothic Period," "The Renaissance," "The Reformation," "French Neo-Classical Art," "American Artists," and "Other Artists and Styles." Each lesson runs approximately 15 minutes and is like sitting in an informative art lecture, with lots of examples of great masterpieces shown on-screen as they are discussed. Mr. Stebbing raises excellent questions and topics for the Christian and art lover to consider, and does a really nice job highlighting some Christian artists that you may not stumble across in a secular art appreciation book. Although recommended for ages 12 and up, (probably because the content is not likely to spark a young child's interest), the artwork depicted tends to be biblical in content and shows little nudity. In an area like art appreciation where many families feel like they must tread very carefully, it's refreshing to find a resource that emphasizes the Christian aspects of art. – Jess

  • Item #: 026037
    ISBN: 9781581989250
    Retail: $19.99
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    Do you need to lose some weight? Whether it's baby fat you've grown up with or weight you've picked up along the way, learn how you could have avoided it all along with the proper diet from this nutrition video. Join the Standard Deviants crew to learn all about this important part of keeping your body healthy. This program contains information on nutrients and non-nutrients; fats, proteins, and carbohydrates; vitamins and minerals; water; calories; the digestive system; RDA; glucose; hydrolysis; lipids; amino acids; energy balance; metabolism; common problems including diabetes, anorexia, obesity, and bulimia; and many other basics that your body wants you to know!

  • Item #: 005572
    Retail: $29.95
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    While new homeschool curriculums crop up fairly often for history, science and language arts, it's a rarity that a new homeschool health program is developed! Author Michele Spadafora has done an incredible job in pulling together this easy-to-use, thoroughly Christian P.E. and nutrition course that incorporates weekly lessons in "faith, fitness and fuel." It's an 18-week course that includes three segments on each of those "building blocks" per week, with tests included after every 3rd or 4th week and lots of helpful and inspiring video content as well. Scheduling works most naturally if you do health three days per week for one semester. Each week includes three topical reading segments (each about two pages in length), questions for the student, space to write goals for all three areas for the week, and space to journal about the week. "Faith" reading assignments focus on a biblical message, typically a goal that we could all work towards in our relationship with the Lord. These include: giving God control, replacing stress with peace, prayer, worship, loving others, serving others, making disciples, and more. Scripture references are sprinkled throughout the text, and several questions typically follow the reading. "Fitness" readings focus on the practical and include the benefits of exercising, frequency of exercising, warm-ups and cool-downs, proper form, weight loss basics, core strength, exercise gear, etc. "Fuel" readings focus on nutrition, like eating portions and proportions, understanding food labels, the importance of breakfast, avoiding sugar, the importance of whole grains, eating healthy snacks, avoiding diet mistakes, understanding eating disorders, and more. Readings on fitness and fuel typically do not have questions for the student, but are always followed by a space to write a goal for the week. The tests are fairly short and made up entirely of multiple-choice questions (an answer key for these is included at the end of the book).

    The video content is one of my favorite aspects of the program. It not only allows the author to "talk to" the student via video, but it also provides a way to demonstrate proper exercise form, workout ideas, or cooking technique. There are 32 short videos that complement the content in the book, and prompts to view them are found at the end of the readings. Students are also directed to several "Burst" videos throughout the program. These videos are about ten minutes in length and, just like the name suggests, these offer short energetic workouts to get the blood pumping. These are also found on the author's website. A DVD is also included with the book which features three full-body workouts, each about a ½-hour in length. The workout routines are fast-moving, yet simple enough to follow along with and feature upbeat Christian music from a variety of contemporary Christian artists. No fancy gear is required; while exercise bands make an appearance in several of the workout videos, and weights and exercise balls are discussed in the book, most fitness routines do not require any equipment. Whether you use the routines included or your own fitness program, the student is asked to work out at least three times a week, outside of specific assignments from the book.

    This easy-to-implement program would be perfect to do together as a family. The readings are fairly short and easy for students at different ability levels to understand. Technical details on nutrition and fitness are kept to a minimum, and the fitness routines and exercises will appeal equally to girls and boys. Compared to a full-year health course, you won't find nearly as much content on the human body or physiology here; the emphasis is truly on practical knowledge and motivation to stay fit. It would make sense to incorporate the nutritional information into the whole family's diet as well. The text is designed as a consumable, but if your students all write in their own journals or notebooks, you could use the text as a family. Christian families will especially appreciate the emphasis on building your faith while you build your physical endurance. 171 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 006144
    Retail: $15.00
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    Children can get frustrated when they struggle to color within the lines of a coloring book. They end up thinking they can’t do art, poor kiddos! Doodling offers another route for young artists. Coloring & drawing freestyle! This set from Faber-Castell (known for art supplies) includes a spiral-bound sketchbook with some drawing prompts that you will finish (24 pgs, perforated), 5 double-ended markers (10 colors), 5 blue foam displays for your creations, 3 full size markers in red/black/blue, a plastic stencil sheet with some free-form type shapes to use in your doodles, and a 10 pg. instruction guide with lots of fun ideas. The materials come in a boxed set (10x10x1.5”), so it makes a great gift item for a boy or girl. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 035878
    Retail: $99.00
    Rainbow Price: $74.95

    When I wanted my daughters to learn to sew, I didn't trust my own knowledge of how to do it right and arranged for them to have private lessons. It was great! But expensive. This one-semester course would have been much better, I think. All you need to go from complete beginner to knowing you have the ability to tackle any basic pattern is right here. Well-done video instruction (the presenter has a pleasant voice and manners) allows you to repeat any part if you didn't quite get it or need to review later. A complete course manual parallels all video class material as well as provides additional content (like a fabric chart) and illustrations. Patterns for both adult sizes as well as child (pre-teen) sizes of a classic A-line dress (or nightgown) are provided for the final project. [Patterns are PDF files for you to print. Patterns will need to be taped together (adult sizes will have lots of taping) but the patterns are very sturdy and can be used repeatedly without the frustration of ripped tissue.] Like I said, it's all here. And it's non-consumable – you can use it for multiple children at one time – or sequentially.

    The 65 video lessons (5-6 per week) are 5-10 minutes each and include sewing machine fundamentals (i.e. threading properly, getting the correct thread tension, choosing the right stitch), different fabric types and "personalities", coordinating colors, how to read a standard pattern, how to measure your body correctly, and how to sew using a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. Assignments are given via the video and the student is expected to do additional reading in the manual. With many lessons the student is encouraged to make journal entries as well as a sample to put in a binder thus creating a class record – and providing the basis for assessment (if you wish). Although instruction is simple and very understandable, it's also quite comprehensive and everything you would expect from a beginner's course including linings/interfacing, casings/hems, gathering, sleeves, buttonholes, buttons, and zippers. It all comes together in the final project that could be a matching mother/daughter dress if you preferred. Several field trips (such as to a local fabric store) are encouraged.

    The binder/manual has sleeves for the DVDs, an extensive class syllabus that gives the topic, skill, classwork, and homework or follow-up for each class as well as a materials list. Periodic skills assessments involve sewing projects – pin cushion, simple apron, and simple skirt. All of this leads up to the final project – a classic A-line dress (or nightgown, if you prefer). Machine sewing skills are emphasized so a well-running basic sewing machine is necessary. Five DVDs provide the lessons and a sixth CD-ROM provides the pdf pattern files (patterns include child sizes plus adult sizes). The 189-page binder manual includes a thorough glossary of sewing terms as well as the detailed information that parallels the videos. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 002912
    Retail: $9.98
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    Enjoy some wholesome holiday entertainment with these Little House on the Prairie Christmas specials! This DVD includes two remastered Christmas specials from the original TV show. While the events shown might not match the book exactly, they still contain many of the same characters you know and love. Approx. 100 minutes and includes a Digital Ultraviolet download so you can watch it on your computer, tablets, or smartphones. – Laura

  • Item #: 046131
    Retail: $24.95
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    Barry Stebbing demonstrates each lesson in How Great Thou Art I and How Great Thou ART II in this 3-DVD set. It contains 117 lessons, drawn from both books. Lessons in I and II are covered at the same time, since they both cover the same concepts but use different drawing subject matter. Lessons are short, with Barry (off-screen) explaining each lesson's exercise and showing an example, drawing right in the books. A terrific accompaniment to the books if you could use a visual component! Includes over 4 ½ hrs of instruction.

    How Great Thou Art DVD Courses

  • Item #: 038555
    ISBN: 9780974531526
    Retail: $15.00
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    For such a useful study, logic can be a bit intimidating. This pair of workshops by two homeschool graduates goes a long way toward making the topic more understandable. A single DVD covers both Part I – Learning to Think Logically and Part II – Using Your Thinking Toolbox. The DVD also includes PDF files for the workshop handouts. Originally given to a roomful of students, Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn together present both workshops (each about 50 minutes). With a wry touch of humor and some audience interaction they examine several different types of fallacies in Part I and ways to strengthen and train yourself to think logically in Part II. Watching a workshop video is never the same as being there in person; perhaps the biggest loss is the absence of the illustrative cartoons that were obviously a part of the original workshop. Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, and Far Side do not allow their cartoons to be used in video presentations and I found myself regretting that fact. Still, if you're wanting an introduction to the whole subject of logic, this is a good way to start.

  • Item #: 035478
    Retail: $14.99
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    If you can't remember the preamble to the Constitution without singing it you probably have Schoolhouse Rock to thank! "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just a Bill," "Interjections," "Lolli Lolli Lolli" – all 46 original, animated songs that we know and love are here. In addition, there is another disc with loads more learning songs (that I haven't heard of before) and behind the scenes footage, commentaries, even puzzles and a trivia game! Take this on your next road trip and sing along, or use them in your lessons to help kids remember information in a fun way. If you were a kid who watched Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s, these will be a walk down memory lane. I had forgotten about many of these until I listened to them again and went, "Oh yeah! I loved that one!" ~Sara

  • Item #: 057864
    Retail: $19.99
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    Ten video lessons in Koine Greek and it's fun? You bet! Host Todd Friel admits to being the worst Greek student ever, so you know he is going to put a humorous spin on the lessons that will make them inviting to your students (and you!) His enthusiasm for spreading the gospel through the Greek language is infectious. You begin with memorizing the alphabet, and then examine the structure of the language itself. (Koine Greek, as opposed to Classical Greek, was the language known by the common people in the time of Jesus.) This would be fun to do in a homeschool or study group. Gain a better understanding of the Bible as you learn to reconcile differences among Bible translations. Use it as a primer (introduction) and then go into level 1 of a Greek program. The focus is not on specific translation skills, but on learning about the language. 150 min. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 046918
    ISBN: 9781623410650
    Retail: $15.00
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    If you've ever wondered why your good reader can't spell, why your child consistently misspells words you know they've studied, or why some common misspellings even happen in the first place, this one-hour lecture by Andrew Pudewa will provide some satisfying answers. Starting with a carefully constructed definition of "spelling," he goes on to identify and humorously illustrate the necessary components of a successful spelling program. It's not surprising "his" spelling program – Phonetic Zoo – demonstrates these components and the DVD does serve as an introduction to that program. However, there is much valuable information here and it could also serve as an introduction to several successful spelling programs as well as provide insight on how you could make any spelling program more successful. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 004537
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $44.95

    The Analytical Grammar DVDs (4 DVD set) provide a unit-by-unit presentation of the instructional information from the course. They are an optional item and could be used as either preparation for the teacher or as direct instruction for the student (preferably with the parent/teacher present). Examples of all exercises are worked and explained for the student. The DVDs are well-made and are easy to navigate through. I have to admit, however, that I was occasionally frustrated because I couldn’t see what the instructor was writing as she was writing it.  She always brought her hand back, though, so you could see the completed sentence. Please note that these do not take the place of the Teacher Book, but provided additional reinforcement.

  • Item #: 021864
    ISBN: 9780316236737
    Retail: $19.00
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    Maybe your dad read this book as he was deciding on his career path. Yes, it’s been around that long! However, as is often the case, it’s become a classic and the information is just as valuable now as it was then – and just as current since it’s been continually revised and updated (now in its 4th edition). The basic plan sounds rather simple – determine your personality type and then find a career path that allows you to “work” from your strengths. Result: that glorious sense of “you mean they pay me to do this?” Reality may be just a little more convoluted but this book will walk you through each step. Using the Briggs Myers personality types (E/I; S/I; T/F; J/P in four letter combinations) and tweaking them for career functions, while factoring in the season of life. Then all of this is applied via profiles to different career categories. The benefit of a book like this is the insights one can glean into oneself and, more importantly, how those insights might be applied. The book concludes by giving its reader the opportunity to prepare a personality profile and to create a personal career plan. Very worthwhile stuff. 384 pgs, pb Janice