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Rainbow Price: $136.00
Unlike the other levels, Primer, the entry level, is designed to provide a broad overview and introduction to various math topics which will be mastered in a later level. This course lends itself to children who are beginning to recognize numbers but have not mastered counting to ten verbally or are unable to recognize the numbers 0 to 10. If your child is comfortable with both and is ready for formalized instruction, the Alpha Placement Test is recommended.
Children learn to write numerals, addition and subtraction, basic counting, skip counting, geometric shapes, telling time, and they will be introduced to the manipulative block system. It's an introduction to "doing math" the Math-U-See way.
Universal set includes everything necessary for success at the Primer level including manipulatives, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable student worktext. Also included is 12-month access to the digital package for that level. Digital packages include streaming instruction videos and online Instruction Manual, lesson solutions, and other online resources from any browser. You'll also have access to the MUS Digital Manipulatives, using Chrome or Safari browsers. Digital Packs do not include Student Workbook or Tests.
Primer through Gamma digital packages include Skip Count Songs MP3 and PDF songbook.
Rainbow Price: $14.95
When it comes to cleaning and organizing your home, keep it simple so kids can easily help out. This colorful, laminated flip chart uses clear illustrations and check boxes so children know exactly what is expected of them. When they are finished, they flip the page, a reward in itself! The zones include living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Each zone has steps to follow and check off, but also a place to write in specific chores to be done each day. In the living room, Step 1 is "pick up." Graphics show a laundry basket and items like shoes, books, & dishes with an arrow to place these items in the basket. This is helpful for children too young to read. A check box says to Grab a basket or plastic tub. Put items that do not belong in the living room in the basket. Step 2 Return items to their proper place in the house. Step 3 Tidy up. Neatly arrange items in the living room. Step 4 Day of the week job. Mon. vacuum Tues. Dust Wed. Wash off fingerprints Thurs. Vacuum Fri. dust. Step 5 daily job (that you customize to your home/family). When the chores are done, you check the box and flip the page. Boom! Done! Easy peasy! A 15 minute instructional DVD will clarify any questions you may have, but really, it is well laid out and easy to follow. 5" x 8.5", spiral binding across the top. ~ Sara
Rainbow Price: $162.00
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
Rainbow Price: $39.99
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
Rainbow Price: $8.95
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:
Advantages of home education
A short history of compulsory education
Tips for homeschooling success
Organization in your home school
Choosing the best curriculum for you
Support for homeschooling
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.
Rainbow Price: $13.95
Well-known apologist Lee Strobel outlines the evidence in this set of 2 DVDs. Great for use alongside the books, but also an interesting and timely resource in its own right, this set will encourage all viewers to consider these important matters for themselves. Perfect for the visual person, Case for a Creator is full of interviews with noted and authoritative scientists and the computer animations of cells, solar systems, DNA, and biological mechanisms that do an amazing job of engaging the mind and stunning the viewer. Covering a similar set of topics as the book, the evidence Lee Strobel discovered for a Creator in the areas of cosmology, physics, astronomy, and biology is outlined and discussed using terminology we can all understand and appreciate. Approximately 60 minutes in length, this DVD will answer many of the questions you may have regarding the authenticity of Creationism versus evolution. Case for Christ is a chronicle of Strobel’s investigation into the authenticity of the person of Christ. It documents his personal journey from atheism to faith – a 2-year process that resulted in conviction. 71 minutes. ~ Zach
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The study of Ancient Egypt is a treat for young and old alike. Where else in history do you find gigantic pyramids, perfectly preserved mummies, cat goddesses, and linen kilts? I know I can't resist a good book about Ancient Egypt, and when I came across this one, I was intrigued both by the content and also by the fact that it's published by Master Books, a Christian publisher most well-known for their creation science materials. I knew I was really in for a treat! Not only is this book absolutely gorgeous, but most importantly for believers, it strives to give a more accurate chronology by using the historical records that all writers on Ancient Egypt use, plus the Hebrew Bible. This gives us a more complete picture of the ancient world as a whole and how the Egyptian culture (which did not exist in isolation) interacted with other cultures. This book takes readers on a tour of Ancient Egypt chronologically, from the first dynasty to the last dynasties. The first 27 chapters each focus on a dynasty (or a portion of one) and examine the archaeology and other records of the time period to suggest possible dates for important events. The last two chapters bring everything together, focusing on the issue of dating and providing a biblically-based set of dates for Egyptian history. You'll not only get a very complete look at the entire Egyptian civilization, but you'll also find references to biblical accounts as well as discussion on assigning dates using a variety of references. Throughout, the reader is treated to full-color captioned photos of the architecture, artifacts, and art of the times. Each chapter begins with a basic timeline on the dynasty being examined, with traditional dates vs. the authors' suggested revised dates, kings reigning during that time, events in Egyptian history, and corresponding events in biblical history. As a bonus, a DVD is included which features David Down, one of the authors, visiting and discussing the pyramids and the temples. The 86-minute DVD presents similar information as in the book, but with video of the sites and terrific commentary for all those audio learners. Although the whole package is a little bit pricey, this is an awesome resource that will doubtlessly enhance your studies in a whole new way! 221 pgs, hc.
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
Rainbow Price: $21.56
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.
Rainbow Price: $233.00
If you are looking for a very complete, well-rounded art program for the upper elementary and junior high grades that requires very little teacher preparation time, you might want to take a look at Discovering Art from Calvert School. One of the advantages of this program is that a large part of the instruction is on DVD, taking a lot of the stress of presenting the concepts off of the teacher. The program consists of 32 lessons, which are shared between the teacher's Guidebook and the DVDs. Each lesson in the Guidebook begins with objectives and a summary of the DVD lesson. Following the summary, the DVD segment corresponding to that lesson is to be viewed by the students. Then, we turn back to the Guidebook for several follow-up activities and discussion questions which complement the topics discussed on the DVD. Then it's time to break out the art supplies for the "creating" portion of the lesson. An introduction to the art project, approximate working time, materials, and detailed, step-by-step directions are all laid out in the Guidebook, to make things fairly simple for the teacher. Finally, a list of suggested titles for further reading is given for those who would like to learn more, or take the lesson further. While this sounds pretty intense for an art program, the lessons are designed to be completed within a week, giving you ample room to split up the different parts of the lesson as it fits into your week.
The lessons themselves are designed to walk the student or group through a thorough introduction to the visual arts. We begin by discussing art in general and then progress to discuss lines and types of lines, shapes, three dimensions in art, space, pattern, texture, principles of design, composing space, perspective, light, value, color, seeing and mixing colors, the use of color, and more. While I've seen these topics discussed in a fairly dry way in many art books, the activities and the DVD lessons make the finer details of art truly "come alive" for the student who would rather be set loose with his paints than learn a lengthy lesson about perspective or value. The DVD lessons, each of which span about 10-15 minutes, center around several boys and girls that frequently visit an old mill, where two artists work. On every visit to the mill, the artists explain artistic concepts through their own examples, by visually showing the youngsters (and viewers) on paper, and through the use of well-known masterpieces that clearly illustrate a concept. The DVDs are very professionally done, and manage to bring a lot of enthusiasm to every lesson. One thing I particularly like about the DVDs are the small "field trips" the viewer takes every five or so lessons. Six lessons are devoted to visiting an artist's studio, and getting a glimpse of their work, how they go about making their artwork, and what is important to them in their art. This is an aspect you often don't get to enjoy in art class, where you learn about classic masters, but never get to see an actual "artist" at work, unless you are lucky enough to know one you can visit.
The lessons that surround the DVD viewing expand on what has been learned in the video, and offer plenty of guidance and freedom to explore the topic to your heart's content. The follow-up activities offer students a chance to find examples of lesson content in the world around them, looking at things in more depth, discussing what was learned in the DVD as well as what they have noticed themselves, and looking closer at great masterpieces that reflect the lessons they are learning. The taste of art history woven into the program seems seamless as students examine great works of art in light of color, line, value, perspective, and more. Although these masterpieces are not covered in a lot of depth in the DVD lessons (due to time constraints), they are helpfully listed in the back of the Guidebook so that you may locate them and have them on hand for the rest of the lesson, if desired. Several of these masterpieces are included as small reproductions to be used in more depth in several lessons. Most kids should truly enjoy the art activities as well, as they are complex enough not to be trite and over-simplified, and give the young artist plenty of freedom and opportunity to practice artistic concepts through their own work. The students are not limited to pencil and paper either - they will get to create their own masterpieces through sculpture, collage, paintings, rubbings, drawings, and more. The art activities are both original and open-ended, for those kids who just "get into them." The "field trip" lessons where we get to visit with different artists in their studios present an interesting diversion, where the activity centers around creating art in the featured artists' medium, and using their normal subject material as well!
One more timesaving aspect I've failed to mention as of yet is the inclusion of nearly all the materials the student will need to complete the art activities. The art kit includes over 30 quality art supplies required to perform the activities, including painting and sculpting materials, drawing tools, printing materials, paper and more, conveniently packaged in a carrying box to avoid the "scattering" of supplies that happens when tools are packaged only in shrink wrap.
This format, structure, and substance of this program make it terrific to use as a whole family, homeschool group, or co-op. With the DVD presentations, the lessons are accessible to everyone, and the other components of the lessons are ideally suited to group work, especially as the suggested "finale" to the program is an art exhibition for the students to display the great masterpieces they have created during art class. Don't just read about art, study drawing, or aimlessly freehand - discover it in every aspect! Program includes spiral-bound Guidebook, art materials kit, two DVDs, and several art reproductions. - Jess
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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.
Rainbow Price: $10.95
If you're new to the world of string games, this book (which includes string and a DVD) is a great place to start. The book begins with simple string figures and beginning hand positions like First Position, Opening, Eiffel Tower, and Tepee. Then you're ready for more difficult string figures like Cat's Whiskers and Jacob's Ladder. Next, the fun really starts with amazing tricks and catches you can perform with the string like Thumb Catch and Handcuffs. Lastly the book goes through Cat's Cradle and lists the classic series of string figures used by most cultures including Cradle, Manger, Cat's Eye, Clock, and more. The book begins each set of instructions where the previous one ended, so you'll learn how to quickly form string figures in no time! Most string games are best played with a partner, because often one set of hands will need to hold the string in a certain pattern while the other set of hands will need to move the string to new positions. Manipulating string like this can often be difficult and requires lots of practice, but the book is very helpful because it provides numbered instructions with full-color photos of each step, so you can read AND see exactly what you have to do next. Plus, an instructional DVD is included in the back of the book that also provides help with forming figures! With all this help and a fun format and feel, this is a great guide for those interested in learning to play classic string games. 58 pgs, spiral-bound, hc.
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If you can gather some household supplies, make a weekly trip to the library and delve into this book, you will not only have the makings of an exciting, hands-on science program, but I bet you'll have some very enthusiastic young scientists on your hands too! Easy-to-read and easy to use, this guide is packed with loosely-scripted teaching suggestions and relevant hands-on activities for children ages 4-13. The guide contains 20 topical chapters; ten for children 4-7 and ten for children 8-13. For ages 4-7 chapters include: the senses, human body, dinosaurs, animals, insects/bugs, magnets, stars and planets, health, plants, and animal ecology. Chapter topics for ages 8-13 are: insects, microscopes and invisible creatures, atoms and molecules, matter, chemistry, weather, force and motion, simple machines, light and color and plants. Each chapter begins with a list of materials needed, which are predominantly common household items and food items. The rest of the chapter walks you through the activities – and these are not your typical "stick a piece of celery into a glass of colored water" type activities, but lively, effective activities that will likely seem almost like play - especially to younger students. For instance, in the chapter on insects for 4-7 year-olds, you'll go on a "small creatures activity hunt" looking for insect homes, make a spider web out of string, pretend to be young spiders "ballooning" into the breeze, make a spider snack, make straw proboscises and use them like a butterfly, burst out of a toilet-paper "cocoon" like a caterpillar, make butterfly print paintings, do a bee "dance," locate a trail of ants outdoors, experiment with sow bugs' lighting preferences and more. Occasionally, activities will reference a specific book to read, a DVD (like a Magic School Bus video) or a specific kit to do (if you do these activities, you'll need to plan in advance to have these things on hand). For comparison, here are a few of the activities you'll do in the insects chapter for older students: learn about animal classification and coming up with a mnemonic device to remember the classification groups, demonstrate how an insect molts by inflating a balloon inside a paper bag, draw the butterfly life cycle, keep mealworms and crickets to observe metamorphosis, draw and label the parts of a cricket, play some outdoor games to practice insect communication methods, investigate insect camouflage by scattering colored toothpicks in the grass and more. The chapters for 8-13 year-olds also each include a 10-question multiple-choice test at the end (answers are found at the end of the book). It's designed simply, with no extra fluff - teaching text or explanations are in regular text and activity instructions in italic font. Occasional black-and-white diagrams and illustrations aren't fancy but provide useful examples. All in all, it's a practical, user-friendly science resource that could be used as the basis for a science program or as an activity resource. 201 pgs, pb. – Jess
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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
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It's easy to see how the career of a pastor or missionary is important to God, but sometimes it's not so easy to pinpoint how more "mundane" and "secular" jobs can be just as important. This guide shows people from all walks of life how they can apply their Biblical worldview to whatever job they have in the "real" world and bridge the sacred/secular divide. Developed to be used in a small group Bible study setting, this book could be read independently, but there are many prompts for discussion and the book urges that going through it with others will provide the most benefits. Included with the book is a DVD full of 1-2 minute clips. The book prompts you when to play a clip that illustrates points being made or jump-starts a discussion. In a very practical way, the study tries to get you to understand why your worldview matters, how worldview shapes culture, how you can remove the dualism from your life, how to develop a concrete plan for letting God control your work like the rest of your life, and what you need to do to truly make your workplace your mission field. This book is perfect for those who feel they have no purpose in their current jobs and also for anyone who wants to discover real ways they can combine their faith with their career, whatever it may be. By Dr. Christian Overman, 128 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
Rainbow Price: $11.35
In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.
The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.
When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.
Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.
While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!
Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess
Rainbow Price: $43.00
Student Packages include student worktext and test booklet.
Consumable student worktext contains a mix of practice problems and word problems. Space is provided to work out the problems, but some students may prefer having access to "scratch paper" to work problems, especially at the higher levels. The front of the student worktext includes space to record grades for worksheet pages and tests. Consumable test booklet is provided to evaluate student progress. Parents are encouraged to reteach previous lessons if the student does not do well. Mastery is the goal, and lessons build upon one another so that future success is dependent on students really knowing the previous concept.
Rainbow Price: $43.00
Student Packages include student worktext and test booklet.
Consumable student worktext contains a mix of practice problems and word problems. Space is provided to work out the problems, but some students may prefer having access to "scratch paper" to work problems, especially at the higher levels. The front of the student worktext includes space to record grades for worksheet pages and tests.
Consumable test booklet is provided to evaluate student progress. Parents are encouraged to reteach previous lessons if the student does not do well. Mastery is the goal, and lessons build upon one another so that future success is dependent on students really knowing the previous concept.
Rainbow Price: $9.50
Become familiar with the Greek gods and practice mental math while playing this strategic card game. Each player is dealt four cards that will have either a number or a Greek god on them. Players take turns playing a card on "Mount Olympus" and add it to the previous total number. If a number is played by another player that matches a number in your hand, you can do a "same number sneak" playing that card and skip other players that would have been next. Greek god cards have powers such as playing Aphrodite and rounding the total to the nearest multiple of 0 or Ares sending the Mount Olympus total to 50. Throughout the game, take control of Zeus by getting to a total of a multiple of 10 (10, 20, 30…), playing a Greek God that says to steal Zeus, or doing a same number sneak. Get to 100 points while holding on to Zeus and win that round, earning a letter of Zeus. Win 4 rounds to spell out Z-E-U-S to win the game.
Rainbow Price: $5.75
Studying history is part of the core curriculum all kids learn. Your family history is another way to make your children connect with the past – their past. This is easier than ever to do with online resources, but talking with older generations is much more fun and interesting for all parties. Once you have the names of great-great-great-great-great Grandpa Joe and Grandma June, preserve your research on a beautiful document. This large family tree comes rolled up and measures 16” x 20” with a large antique-looking tree in the middle and lots of room to write family members’ names. Beginning with a married couple, there is space for 5 children, 5 siblings of the Mom and Dad, and 7 generations back of grandparents. The paper itself is crinkly it’s made to look and feel like real parchment. You can write on it with any type of pen/ink. It certainly has the look of the Declaration of Independence; your finished product will certainly be frame-worthy as well! What a great project to do together! Use your best handwriting and practice your spelling ahead of time, you won’t want to use white out on this elegant document. ~Sara
Rainbow Price: $32.50
Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as Â½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.
To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, Â½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.
Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the Â½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.
Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of Â½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. Â½" Jess
Rainbow Price: $41.95
So, you're writing stories in English class, and your reluctant writer is whiny and reticent. "Why do we have to write stories? I can't think of anything!" If you can't get them out of their writing slump by suggesting "Well, let's brainstorm," or "Look around you for ideas," just say (with a twinkle in your eye) - "Forget it, let's just play a game instead." Of course, five or ten minutes later they'll realize they're not getting off the story-writing hook, but they'll probably be enjoying themselves so much they'll forget to pout. The game format is similar to most board games your family plays, with a large board featuring a wandering path from beginning to end. Besides a die, scoring pad and markers, the game features eight decks of story element cards and a story outline pad. Basically, as players move along the board, they will collect specific story element cards, and weave them into a story. Card decks are clearly labeled and include topic sentence, plot, character, setting, description, dialogue, lesson, and resolution cards. At the beginning of the game, each player receives a topic sentence. This is the only topic sentence card they will receive, and should be used towards the beginning of the story. As they roll the die, they will land on spaces labeled with the names of corresponding story element cards, and will draw the top card from the stack. By the end of the game, they should have at least one of each element card, and at least five description cards. Then, the writing begins! Choosing from their collected cards, the writer decides which cards he wants to incorporate into his or her story, and writes them onto the outline sheet. The outline begins with the topic sentence, and features blanks to fill in for each part of the story. Under "Setting", they must determine the "where", "when" and descriptors. Under character, they must identify the good guys and the bad guys, and describe both. For the plot, they must identify the problem, and decide on the order of events. Under "Resolution" and "Lesson", they will decide how the "Resolution" and "Lesson" cards they chose relate to their story, and how it all wraps up. Now, players each have a good framework for a story; the trick is now fleshing it out into an actual short story, which may be easier at this point, since a lot of the "unknowns" have been identified. A scoring sheet will help Mom decide if the story included all the necessary components, and will inspire kids not to skimp on the "less exciting" stuff. Since inventing characters, conflicts and settings sometimes takes a lot of steam out of even the more enthused young writers, I would imagine that taking that pressure off of them in this way would free up their imaginations to write a much more well-rounded, exciting story. I'll bet that even Mom and Dad will want to play this one! - Jess
Rainbow Price: $42.75
Homeschool teachers will go to great lengths to help their students overcome difficulties. Take Beverly Adams-Gordon, for example. An engineer and Montessori teacher, she left her teaching job to homeschool in an effort to solve her youngest daughter's severe spelling problems. Finding no suitable material, she thoroughly researched the subject and developed her own spelling curriculum.
So what is different?
- * It's all in one book. One purchase for all years for all kids.
- * A chapter on research details the most effective methods of spelling instruction.
- * Complete instructions for introducing, implementing and evaluating the program. Directions are given for adapting to different learning styles and ages.
- * The program takes only 15 minutes/day.
- * Extensive Word Lists are based on research done after 1979 of most frequently used and misspelled words. Word lists used in most other programs are based on lists created in 1915 or 1947. Two lists are provided, with 5,000 and 12,000 words, respectively.
- * General and specific placement tests start each student right where he needs to be.
- * Program is based on phonics and spelling rules, not phonics alone.
- * Review is built into the program which uses a "spiral" approach (repeated and spaced review) similar to the approach Saxon takes in it's problem sets.
- * Directions for over 100 games and activities are included which concentrate on specific skills and make spelling more interesting. Most are individual or partner games, but some can be played by up to 6 players.
Now available in its 4th edition. Spelling Power retains all of its award-winning effective procedures, but it is more user-friendly with larger type and more graphics. Easier to read and less intimidating, there is also improved organization of resources. The 4th edition Spelling Power package includes access to the Teacher's Online Resources on the publisher's website and an updated Quick Start DVD seminar. The Quick Start DVD provides a personal step-by-step introduction to using the Spelling Power program featuring author Beverly Adams-Gordon who explains each step as "real" homeschool moms and students demonstrate. The Teacher's Online Resources includes printable forms, searchable word lists, charts, printable Activity Task Cards, bonus activities, and the Digital Spelling Tutor which allows you to create spelling lists for multiple children, offers learning, drill and testing activities, tracks several children's progress, allows you to create and print progress reports, and can be used with any spelling word list.
Spelling Power provides the most thorough coverage of spelling that we have seen. This one is a "classic."
Rainbow Price: $27.95
That proverbial talk about the “birds and the bees.” You know you need to do it. Teaching your children about God’s plan for sex and all the male/female interaction that leads up to it is part of what it means to bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And you want to do it – sort of. It’s just that it’s so very uncomfortable – and you don’t know what to say – and there might be questions asked that make you ashamed or guilty. . . Dennis and Barbara Rainey (parents of six) of Family Life Ministries know you need “a plan” and they’ve provided a lovely one – a getaway weekend kit complete with instructions for you, guidelines for what to do, excellent speakers to get the difficult words out in the open by offering interesting audio sessions, an engaging format, a solid study of Biblical values, and enjoyable scripture songs.
The goal of this program is to encourage and empower parents to discuss the difficult topics of intimacy, sexual behavior, and personal feelings that are facing their children as they enter the preteen years. To give parents the tools they need to both challenge their sons and daughters as they enter the pathway to Christian adulthood as well as provide the foundation for future discussions and sharing. To build a mentoring relationship with your children that continues past the weekend and into all the years leading up to adulthood.
Preteen? Isn’t that jumping the gun a bit for the birds and the bees? Not in today’s culture. It’s literally everywhere around us – and now in ways unimagined by all previous generations. This program is designed to set the stage for a close parent/child relationship as the child moves into this period. Topics are handled biblically, carefully, and tastefully. Some topics are left optional for the parent.
A weekend getaway. That’s the general setting. One child – with the parent all to himself (boys with fathers; girls with mothers) – doing an activity of his choice that he loves to do and spending time listening to “talks” and working through study material together. It’s a wonderful affirmation that the love of the parent can transcend the upcoming changes that the child will be experiencing.
There are five audio sessions and one optional session: 1) the adolescent experience, 2) how to handle peer pressure, 3) changes that are ahead (God’s design for sex), 4) purity (protecting sexual innocence), and 5) dating (properly engaging with the opposite sex). The optional session covers really delicate issues (masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction) and can be inserted after the fourth session and before the fifth if the parent chooses,
The Getaway Kit provides the necessary framework: a tour guide for the parent, travel journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s of all sessions.
The Tour Guide is for the parent – basically a leader’s guide for this very focused Bible study. This little manual includes sections on planning the getaway, an itinerary for the weekend, a suggested schedule, preparation checklists (and needed supplies), guidelines for writing a note to your son/daughter, and very specific suggestions for praying for your son/daughter. Also included is a page-for-page reproduction of the Travel Journal (accent color rather than full color) so you can work through it with your son/daughter.
The Travel Journal is for your son/daughter and is designed as a companion for the experiences of the weekend. With a travel theme and an engaging appearance, it provides a place to write notes (from the talks), thoughts, and answers to questions as well as the guidelines for godly Christian living provided by this study material. There are 25 follow-up devotions that continue with a similar theme and help strengthen the biblical core of the young adult’s understanding of the various issues. This is a nicely done keepsake book with a hardcover, full-color graphics, and an elastic strap for place-keeping.
The CD Set provides the core material for the heart of the weekend and the program. Eight CDs provide the weekend talk sessions. These sessions feature scripture memory songs, dramatic vignettes, humorous features, real-life stories from teens and adults, and lots of teaching from parents and experts that have “been there, done that.” Songs are CCM-type of music with understandable lyrics, singable melodies, and full instrumentation backup.
Having “that” talk with your children may never be entirely comfortable, but this kit gives you a plan; the certainty of godly, biblical content; and the promise of enjoyable memories.
Rainbow Price: $15.95
The Klutz team decided it was time to see what they could do to enhance the basic LEGO® brick construction sets. After getting the go-ahead from LEGO®, they came up with a collection of LEGO® contraptions that "clanked, clunked, rolled, spun, flopped over or launched things". Newly revised, this edition now features 16 "high-performance" projects, each of which can be made with only the LEGO® parts included. While the old version featured 10 projects and required additional LEGOs® for some projects, this revision contains six more projects and is packaged with more than 100 LEGO® elements! So even if you don't own any additional LEGOs®, you can build a LEGO® Launcher, a Supercharged Speedster, or a Squeezeclaw Grabber. The step-by-step assembly instructions are are largely non-verbal and include detailed illustrations of the contraption in progress.
Rainbow Price: $135.00
Universal sets include everything necessary for success. IncludesFraction Overlay Kit, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable student worktext and test book. Also included is 12-month access to the digital package for that level. Digital packages include streaming instruction videos and online Instruction Manual, lesson solutions, and other online resources from any browser. You'll also have access to the MUS Digital Manipulatives, using Chrome or Safari browsers.
Please note: The Integer Block Kit is not included in the Universal Set. The Integer Block Kit is available separately or it is possible to use any small countable items: pennies, raisins, M&Ms, etc. as a work-around.
Mastery of fractions including equivalent fractions and basic operations with fractions becoming fluent with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Also includes common factors, grouping symbols and order of operations, comparing and converting decimal fractions, area and circumference of a circle, classifying quadrilaterals, fractional measurements on line plots and number lines, and using coordinates to represent ordered relationships
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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
Rainbow Price: $43.95
A cursory glance through this curriculum elicits several descriptive words: detail, depth, creativity, and flexibility. This course combines a textual history of maps and map-making with innumerable activities. Through hand-drawn and edible maps, star charts and video documentaries, games and watercolors, students will see the world portrayed not only as an atlas shows it but also in a way that can't be contained between the covers of a book. There are 60 pages of historical readings (well illustrated with photos, maps, and drawings) which chronicle exploration and mapping from the time of the earliest maps through the 1800s. Accompanying these readings are 90 pages of drawing lessons that guide students step-by-step through freehand drawings of islands, countries, continents, and other geographic locales. There are also over 100 pages of supplemental activities including review worksheets, games, art and craft activities, links to online videos (map projections, virtual tours of globe factories, bios of explorers, etc.), and quizzes. Additional resources supplied with the book are DVDs that contain actual drawing lessons for the map drawing activities and a printable PDF version of the curriculum. While the drawing lessons don't have you labeling every single island, river, or mountain on the planet, the detail of the coastlines, borders, major cities, and main geographic features is such that you should be well prepared for the final project: drawing your own map of the world. Colorful and distinct, this curriculum has enough variance for both the eager and reticent cartographer.
Rainbow Price: $13.99
Do you just not seem to have enough black paper around to satisfy your metallic gel ink users? Here's a journal so they can scribble, doodle, and write to their hearts content with their beloved gel pens. And who can blame them? It's such a unique look. The journal measures approximately 6" x 9" and contains 70 pages eagerly awaiting your writer/artist's talents.
Rainbow Price: $85.00
It's the same! But, different. Leaving the world of CDs behind, Rosetta Stone Homeschool has taken the leap into the world of online subscription formats. As with every major format change, there are advantages and disadvantages. You will probably like the changes which provide more mobility and more flexibility (unless you do not have access to high speed internet or do not wish to enter the internet world). All the aspects of the Rosetta Stone approach to language acquisition that we've come to love and expect are there. It's just packaged differently.
So, what's different? First of all, there are only four products (instead of the 70 or so we carried before). Each product is an online subscription. This subscription gives one student 12 months of access. You purchase a subscription then you choose your language as part of the activation process. There are 24 languages available and a subscription purchase lets you choose any one of the 24 (Family Pack subscribers can choose up to three different languages). The subscription also gives you access to ALL levels of instruction available in that language. All languages have at least three levels. Some languages have five levels. If workbooks, quizzes, or tests are available (only for a few languages), access to pdf versions of this material comes with the subscription. Because all content is online, you can access it from a computer, laptop, or mobile device and you can access it from anywhere that you have a fast internet connection. You can even download lessons (with Audio Companion) to use when the internet is not available.
So, what's the same? The dynamic immersion instructional methodology, the voice recognition software, and the student tracking abilities. In other words, all the good stuff that has made Rosetta Stone distinctive and a favorite with homeschoolers. And there is still a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied with the program. To get a sense of the program, check out the video demo found on our website.
Rosetta Stone's "Dynamic Immersion™" methodology combines multimedia technology with a total immersion approach utilizing four aspects images, intuition, interactivity, and instruction. Real-life images are coupled with words or phrases, both spoken and written. There is constant interaction with the program, making selections which are confirmed if correct. Understanding of the language is built through spoken responses to real-life simulations utilizing TruAccent® speech-recognition technology which listens, analyzes, and corrects the student response. [Headset with microphone is needed but not included.]
Core Lessons cover: A. Listening & Reading combined; B. Listening only, C. Reading only, D. Speaking, and E. Writing. There are Focused Activities that concentrate on language skills vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, speaking, listening, writing and Adaptive Recall which are review sequences. While the general content and methodology is similar between the various Rosetta Stone versions, the Homeschool version is unique in giving parents the ability to plan and track the student's progress through the lessons and activities and to print data reports.
Rosetta Stone Levels (in any language) cover the following material:
Level 1 Build a Foundation. Fundamental vocabulary, essential language structure, basic conversational skills including greetings and introductions. Includes colors, adjectives, numbers, prepositions, definite and indefinite articles, singular and plural nouns, family relations, the five senses and time of day.
Level 2 Navigate Your Surroundings. Builds on vocabulary and essential language structure. Giving/getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, and enjoying basic social interactions. Includes verb tenses, adverbs, formal imperatives, school subjects, months, and emotions.
Level 3 Connect with the World. Builds on language fundamentals and conversational skills. Learn to share ideas and opinions, express your feelings and talk about everyday life, your interests, your work, subjective, present perfect, weights, and measurements.
Level 4 Deepen Your Understanding. Expands on what you learned in Levels 1, 2, and 3. Negotiate complex situations with confidence. Develop conversational skills to navigate the workplace, care for your health, arrange repairs, and move abroad.
Level 5 Develop Your Command of the Language. Refine crucial communication skills and make full use of everything you've learned in Levels 1-4. Discuss entertainment and culture, government and the marketplace, and celebrate language-learning success.
The following languages are available (with number of levels in parenthesis): Arabic (3), Chinese (Mandarin) (3), Dutch (3), English (American) (5), English (British) (5), Filipino (Tagalog) (3), French (5), German (5), Greek (3), Hebrew (3), Hindi (3), Irish (3), Italian (5), Japanese (3), Korean (3), Persian (Farsi) (3), Polish (3), Portuguese (Brazil) (3), Russian (3), Spanish (Latin American) (5 Workbooks for Levels 1-3), Spanish (Spain) (5), Swedish (3), Turkish (3), and Vietnamese (3).
Windows 7, 8, 10 or higher
Mac (Intel based only) Maverick (OS X 10.9) or higher
Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 50, Firefox 46, Safari 9.1, Edge 13 or greater
Latest version of Adobe Flash Player
Computer Hardware Requirements:
Windows: 2.33 GHz or faster x86-compatible processor OR Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
Mac: Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
1 GB of RAM or higher
1024 x 768 display resolution
High-Speed Internet connection required (at least 768bps)
In terms of high school credit equivalency (as before) Rosetta Stone is not "accredited" because it is not a school, but each level of the Homeschool program has a "Full Year Curriculum" lesson plan. If you follow that lesson plan, each level will be a 36 week program if you're not using the supplemental (suggestions in teacher materials) materials, or 45 weeks if you are (equivalent to 1 school year). Not all schools or boards will accept RS as credit, so checking to ensure it will be accepted is recommended.
While it's a bit sad to say "good-bye" to Rosetta Stone's old standby CD-based program, it's easy to see the advantages and necessity of increased mobility. Thankfully, favorite features have been retained and the program remains a strong option for high school foreign language. As before, we encourage the use of a grammar workbook to complement the strong conversational aspect of the program. ~ Janice