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  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683581
    Retail: $110.00
    Rainbow Price: $82.95

    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 023927
    ISBN: 9781932786576
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively, current text, recommendations of additional books to enjoy, narration, notebooking, and other fun activities, too! Geography of the earth is approached as if you and your children were taking a journey through and around the earth, learning everything about the Earth as a whole (individual continents and countries will be studied in upcoming volumes). Eleven chapters each focus on a geography topic, including the atmosphere, the continents, the oceans, seasons, climate, weather, the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, latitude, and longitude. The author recommends spending two days on each chapter; one to snuggle up and read the text together, and the other to spend on the activities. Taking basic information like ocean currents, the rotation of the earth and plate tectonics and presenting them to children in an exciting way could have been a challenge, but the author has done a very impressive job here and has taken great pains to present the information in a personal way that children will understand and often be awed by. Occasionally the text is broken up by a "Tell the folks at home all about it!" which acts as a narration prompt. The narration jogs kids' memories about what they have read so far and helps them to remember it by describing it in their own words. To take this the next step, the author recommends that you and your child or children pretend you're on the phone while they tell you what they've "seen" in their journey. Each chapter's text ends with a "Postcard Home" which further embodies the "journey" theme. Postcard templates are found in the back of the book, or can be printed from online resources.  For each chapter, children will create their own postcard of the journey, in which they draw what they have learned on the front and describe it on the back, as if they were describing it to a recipient. Dressing up the ordinary "notebooking" as making postcards is a novel idea that will undoubtedly be a little more fun! After this point in every chapter, there is a "Reaching Out to His World" section, which ties the concepts from the text into a need that people around the world experience. Suggestions for further research and outreach are included in each one, so you can not only learn about the earth but develop a heart for helping others, too. "Further Explorations" in each chapter list books which tie in to that topic, and each book is listed with a summary and a grade range the book is most appropriate for. Two "Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursions" round out each chapter, and although they're not "required," I can understand why they call them too fun to resist! Some of the activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigate ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, looking for pictures in the shapes of the continents, and much more! These activities have clearly not been "tacked on" just because they are related to the chapter's topic; they are well-chosen and things that kids will definitely enjoy. An appendix at the end of the book contains the postcard templates, geography copywork and maps you will need throughout your journey. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! I just hope "Vol. 1" means that more are on the way! Jess

  • Item #: 017451
    ISBN: 9780977129478
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.32

    Benjamin Franklin was an amazing man who made great offerings in the areas of science, writing, politics, and general existence. This book tells all about his life, including details about many of his great inventions. Franklin did so much in his life that it would be hard to get everything into one book, but this book does give a great overview of his life, his main accomplishments, and that time period in general. Starting with his childhood in Boston, the book works chronologically through his life, sharing information in an easy-to-read, interesting manner. Interspersed throughout the biographical text are 30 activities/experiments to complete that are related to facts in Franklin's life. You can make your own swim paddles after you read about how his childhood love of swimming led him to invent them at the age of ten; make your own potato battery after learning about his experiments with electricity and lightning rods; make your own mailbag after learning about the improvements he made in the postal service; make your own parchment paper after learning about his involvement with the Declaration of Independence; and so much more. Numbered, detailed directions make the projects easy to complete and the materials needed are household items and common craft supplies. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the book and bolded words within the text are defined in "Words to Know" sections. This is a great, hands-on supplement that blends history and science to teach about the life and contributions of one of America's greatest inventors and founders. 120 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 004166
    ISBN: 9781933407876
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Rich and Sharon Jeffus are like the "Backyard Scientist(s)" of art! Their books remind me so much of Jane Hoffman - it's like they can't wait to share everything with you about art! It's delightful to peruse a book in which the authors' enthusiasm is so obvious! Before the actual lessons in this book, you get a wonderful section on using art supplies (finally, someone has taken the time to explain those pencil grades!). Here are lots of "how to's" and incredible tips for drawing with pencil and charcoal, using oil pastels, tempera paints, water colors, and chalk pastels. Following is a page of "recipes" for different modeling compounds, including an edible clay! Before encountering the "real" lessons are 7 full pages of exercises in drawing from basic shapes. This is similar to the technique endorsed by Mona Brooks in Drawing with Children. The heart of the drawing book is the 26 lessons, corresponding to the 26 letters of the alphabet, entitled, The ABC's of Art. Here, in their typical breezy, chatty style the authors have given us much to consider and do on every page. Each lesson contains one or more art principles or definitions, one or more art activities, and information or practice on color and techniques. Plan on spending more than one art period for some of the lessons. As usual, sample artwork and illustrations provide excellent models. It is difficult to decide an "appropriate" age level for this course. While it looks as though Mark, at 7 would be able to do and enjoy the exercises, an adult would be equally instructed! This is an art course you can definitely use with all of your children at once! We only wish it didn't have to end at "Z" (actually, it doesn't really end at "Z", because they've packed an additional goody at the end - a brief overview of the major art styles, along with illustrative examples). We hope Visual Manna will produce additional "beginner-type" books in the future!

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

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

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

  • Item #: 032392
    ISBN: 9780982537725
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $21.50

    I think it takes a rare person to try to present basic chemistry at a level that an upper-elementary or middle-school student can understand, but ORGANIC chemistry? Normally, you only really scratch the surface of organic chemistry in high school, and if you go into a science-related field in college, then you're really hit with it. So, before I even cracked the cover, I was very impressed with Ellen McHenry's follow-up to her first chemistry program, The Elements. And parents, even if you never took organic chemistry, it's not as complicated as it sounds, and I'll bet you'll be drawn in as you learn along with the kids! It sounds advanced and frightening, but organic chemistry is really just an intersection of chemistry and biology, and learning the chemistry and formation of things like fats, proteins and carbohydrates can be fascinating. When you understand how molecules and substances act in your body, it can put a whole new aspect on the boring old chemistry you thought you knew!

    Eleven chapters cover a broad range of organic chemistry topics, including carbon; alkane hydrocarbons; "-enes" and "-ynes" (including alkenes, alkynes, benzene, etc.); functional groups and their combinations (carboxylic acids, adehydes, esters, and esters); plastics, rubber and silicones; carbohydrates; fats; proteins; carbon oxides and the carbon cycle. Sounds intimidating, I know, but her low-stress, straight-forward approach to these topics makes them understandable to just about anybody. The overall layout is similar to that of The Elements, with each chapter containing informational text interspersed with helpful diagrams and the ever-present, cute thumbprint guys, who have a comment for just about everything. At the end of each chapter you'll find a page of comprehension questions, which review the material covered in the chapter, and a list of research questions on topics which are related, but not covered in depth in the chapter. These are questions that the student will have to research on-line or in reference books. Thankfully for you, answers to both types of questions are found in the answer key. The student pages may be copied for your own use, which is great if you are planning on using the program with multiple children, and would also be a great tool for students making their own chemistry notebook. An appendix includes more hands-on activities for each chapter, and any reproducibles that are required for those activities. While some activities involve building molecules from different manipulatives, others are more "outside the box" and involve having a "burning contest" using different flammable objects, taking a virtual tour of a coal mine, making marbled paper (using alkanes!), dying eggs (to study the effects of acetic acid), sorting plastic using chemical analysis, and much more! I can't help thinking that college chemistry could have been so much more fun if we would have been able to do activities like this instead of drawing molecule after molecule! If you enjoyed The Elements, or have completed another basic chemistry program and would love to take your study of chemistry further, I definitely recommend continuing with this. If you would like to use this with children a bit older or younger than the recommended age range, the author has provided some advice on adjusting the material to fit those needs as well. On a final note, I want to add that even children that don't ordinarily enjoy chemistry, or found basic chemistry so-so, may be absolutely fascinated by organic chemistry. 164 pages, paperback. The CD which was formerly included with this course has been replaced by downloadable files on the publisher's website, which are referenced in select activities throughout the book. - Jess

  • Item #: 069473
    ISBN: 9780385346337
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.25

     Read a graphic novel and learn how to draw? It sounds unorthodox, but that’s exactly what Mark Crilley—drawing instructor and graphic novelist—has accomplished. The “story” itself is, appropriately enough, about a wannabe artist who meets a real artist and begins taking impromptu lessons from her. Each chapter is actually a lesson on drawing; the book covers every basic aspect of drawing (and a few advanced ones), from shapes, to light & shadow, to creating whole compositions. The artist in the story, Rebecca, offers numerous tips and practical advice akin to a real drawing class. Every chapter then ends with encouragement to practice and tips to help. The idea is to take it slowly, taking time to draw and utilize each lesson as you go, gradually becoming better through a mix of practice and practical knowledge. By the book’s end, the reader can put all the lessons together and become a real artist! My sister (who took several drawing classes) describes the book as the “important highlights” of a drawing class: a cost-effective way to learn everything you need to know to draw, as long as you practice diligently. Perfect for adults and young artists-in-development! 137 pgs, sc.

  • Item #: 065019
    ISBN: 9780310343431
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.80

       How many times have you, as a mother, become frustrated and stressed by what you think you should accomplish on any given day? Society tells moms that they should be ‘super moms’ and be able to do it all. This book debunks that myth and others.

      There are many myths about motherhood, and this book focuses on ten of them: Mothering is natural, easy, and instinctive; The way I mother is the right and only way; I am just a mom; Motherhood is all-consuming and all-fulfilling; A good mother can do it all, all at once; Motherhood is a rat race; Motherhood is the luck of the draw; Everything depends on me; I have to do it all right, or my child will turn out wrong; My child’s bad choice means I’m a bad mom. This 217-page, softcover book is written by two moms, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk, who realized the myths of motherhood were just that, and wanted to encourage and help other mothers. They use their experience and the Bible to equip mothers to embrace relationships instead of stressing over the other ‘stuff’ of life.

      You don’t have to be a ‘super mom’ to be a ‘great mom.’ Learn the truth from the Bible about being a mother, and stop believing the lies and myths. Your children will be grown all too soon, so enjoy guiding and nurturing them now on the journey you are taking together. ~ Donna   

  • Item #: 062828
    ISBN: 9780761180098
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    As a kid, it can be tough with adults knowing how everything works all the time. Why not turn the tables with some simple and impressive magic tricks? This jumbo size 10.75” x 13.75” book contains 25 astounding illusions with clear cut directions for making your own props and how to practice. A good amount of them require an assistant, so this would be perfect for siblings who could take turns being the star. Soon you’ll be able to make people appear, make liquid instantly vanish, read minds and much more. There are also a lot of extra little tips scattered throughout including anything from what to wear, the history of magic and magicians, how to conquer stage fright and much more. Now you can have all the secrets and WOW everyone. 100 hardcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 060631
    ISBN: 9780825165894
    Retail: $21.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Turn extra classroom minutes into valuable learning time or use this as a way to easily work some art history into your homeschooling day without taking the time for a full program. 180 quick activities cover key artists (Giotto, El Greco, Dali, etc.), artistic styles (Rococo, surrealism, contemporary, etc.), and time periods (pre-historic, Roman, contemporary, etc.). Because the book is small (7.75" x 5.5"), you have to find another resource for viewing the paintings, but in the back, a list of websites is included to view the paintings/sculptures that go with the activities. Make that search part of the student's assignments! You will touch on everything from cave paintings to street graffiti as your students are asked compare the Roman Colosseum with modern sports arenas; describe/draw patterns & shapes found in an animal head carving in Norway; create an advertisement after looking at Toulouse Lautrec's use of text in his posters; and describe some of the themes in more modern photographs. Though recommended for middle grades, this can cross over into all ages with some creative discussions. Reproducible (though not perforated) or you can print copies off of the companion CD-ROM (included). Answer key in the back, 223 pp, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 054612
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $0.50

    Sure, you can use these white 3” x 4” mailing labels to address packages and large envelopes. But why not think outside the box (pun intended)? You can use them as name tags or labels on everything from boxes to plastic storage bins. Or why not have kids draw and color on them to make their own custom stickers? The possibilities are endless! 10 self-adhesive labels. Lisa

  • Item #: 053798
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Geared toward the automotive racing enthusiast, this kit has everything you need to create six 3-D color paper racecar models with tons of racing stickers. Once you get the hang of building the pre-formed models using the materials provided, you can go "off the track" by designing your own car using the tracing sketch pad and car part templates that are on realistic blueprint-style paper. A 16-page full-color book guides you through the process and informs you about the history of racing. With the racing classics poster as inspiration, in very short lap times you will be creating you own Ferraris.

  • Item #: 052736
    ISBN: 9780060780944
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

    Everyone has his or her own style of storytelling and his or her own style of art. Combine the two and you have comics. Even graphic novels or foreign manga books are really just different types of comics. To improve your abilities, take some advice from the always entertaining Scott McCloud, the creator of Zots, a 1980's nationally syndicated comic strip. This book immediately grabs your attention with an incredibly fascinating style. Appropriately, Scott has written the book in comic book format. He breaks down what comics are by discussing pictures and stories, then honing in on the more advanced aspects of comic-making. One great example of the depth of this book is his explanation of facial features; he discusses "simple" facial features (features like water droplets around the face, simulating anxiety) to "real" facial features (someone with a wrinkled forehead, wide eyes, and an open mouth, showing anxiety). With this basic understanding, he goes on to show how you can combine both tactics into one facial expression. By discussing drawing, storytelling, and even technical tips "inside" the book (he draws himself in as a character), and using a conversational, humorous approach, you feel like the author is talking directly to you. Through funny illustrations fitting with the topic at hand, you'll begin to understand what it truly means to be a comic writer. At the end, you'll begin to feel like you actually know just about everything to do with comics- and maybe even start writing one yourself. 264 pgs, sc. ~ Stephen

  • Item #: 046542
    ISBN: 9780794521226
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.49

    Kids will love this set of cards that provides tons of activities perfect for completing in the car, on a plane, or anywhere. The colorful cards measure 3.75" x 6" and are made from glossy cardstock. The double-sided cards have an activity on each side like word searches, dot-to-dots, drawing, mazes, hidden picture puzzles, and other puzzles. Since the cards have a glossy surface, you can use a dry-erase pen to complete the activities and then wipe them off. A black dry-erase pen is included with the cards and everything can be stored in the packaging they come in for easy transport. A fun set of cards that will keep your children preoccupied and happy on those long trips. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 044720
    Retail: $148.38
    Rainbow Price: $115.00

    If you have a student interested in construction, architecture, design, or just model-building, you should be sure to check out this kit. Though it may seem a bit pricey at first, it includes everything you need to build a 3/4" scale wood frame for a 2-bedroom house, in accordance with actual building codes. You get micro-cut balsa wood, cutting tools, measuring tape, layout pencil, nails, custom miter fixture, nine working drawings, an instruction booklet, and a base to work on, which doubles as a foundation for the completed model. Obviously (with a base measuring approximately 1.5' by 2'), this is a miniature version, but short from framing an actual house, this is as close as students can get. All of the walls can be framed right on their patterns on the working drawings. The completed model is a single-story, hip roof house with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, hallway, dining, and living room. An amazing gift or fun way to spice up your studies. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 041448
    ISBN: 9780486467726
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Written by the sisters of the man who wrote the American Boy's Handy Book (Lina and Adelia Beard - two of the founders of Girl Scouting in America), this book is full of various activities and pastimes for girls. Originally published in 1887, the book does have some outdated or impractical ideas, but many are surprisingly fun and doable. Even the ones you can't do are fun to read about as you imagine the fun that Victorian American girls would have had. Like the Boy's book, the activities are divided into spring, summer, fall, and winter, so pastimes can be found that fit into certain times of year and holidays. The book opens with some great ideas for an April Fool's Day party that makes me wish I had discovered this book when I was younger. Maybe I'll give a few of the ideas a try around the office anyway! Then the book works through the year giving ideas for projects, devices, toys, gifts, dolls, recipes, decorations, perfumes, modeling, painting, and games. Clear and practical directions for how to make or play everything are provided, and the book is sure to encourage girls to get out and be active while remaining courteous and ladylike. Preserving flowers, using leaves and flowers for decorations, Easter egg activities, how to dry starfish, how to make a hammock, corn-husk dolls, making a fan, ornamental gourds, how to make a telephone, home exercise, window decorations, making homemade candy, and plenty of indoor and outdoor games are just a few of the ideas included. Black and white drawings illustrate many of the ideas. 474 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 032576
    ISBN: 9780545932462
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

     We’ve all seen the cute Thanksgiving crafts where kids trace their hand and make an adorable turkey that they color and decorate. But Klutz® has even more ideas for great hand-art that kids can do with the supplies right at their fingertips! This kit includes everything you need: a 20-page drawing pad, 6 crayons, 20 googly eyes, 10 mini pom-poms, glue, and a 20-page idea book full of colorful illustrations and simple directions for your creations. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 024021
    ISBN: 9781600582592
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    This kit includes everything you need as a beginning artist. It includes a 32-page book, which provides an extensive introduction as well as several lessons to get you started. First, you are acquainted with the different materials used. The book discusses the purpose of each tool and different ways to get different effects. Once you have an understanding of the basics, you can move into the lessons. The lessons are broken down step-by-step and include pictures so you can clearly see the process. The lessons vary somewhat in difficulty, but are generally around the same skill level - for a beginner, but still fairly intermediate in overall detail and quality. After you complete the lessons, you should have a good foundation to continue from. As mentioned before, the materials you need to complete the lessons are included: drawing pencils, a kneaded eraser, sandpaper sharpener, pencil sharpener, stomp, measuring triangle and a drawing pad. The book and materials are contained in a durable plastic "book." - Melissa

  • Item #: 019959
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    Finally, a stepping stone kit that is clean, easy, and fast! Simply draw out how you want your message to look, then transfer to the included mold. Place the included foam letter, number, and shape stickers on the inside of the mold to match your message. Then mix up the casting material, pour into the mold, and within an hour your stone will be ready to remove and put in the yard! The places where you put the foam stickers will be indented, meaning you can easily paint those sections to make them pop without worrying about going outside the lines. Kit includes everything needed to make one 10” x 10” stepping stone: instructions, casting mix, mold, two sheets of foam stickers (including several of each letter, digits, and some fun shapes – animals, plants, objects), and paint.

  • Item #: 019290
    Retail: $60.00
    Rainbow Price: $40.95

    For all the young architects out there not content to design a single house or building, here’s something a bit grander: a whole city! Design and lay out your town using templates, traceable paper, and colored pencils. Once the groundwork is finished, you can begin working in three dimensions with stackable 3D buildings. Included is everything you need for a functional city, including dozens of uniquely-shaped buildings and roof pieces, bridges, colored pencils, paper city guides, stencils, a folding drawing mat, and instructions for creating a miniature city.

  • Item #: 006736
    ISBN: 9781593598426
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.68

    Have you ever wanted to paint, but without spending half an hour gathering supplies, then spending time to clean up afterwards? The Water Magic board might just be your solution. This kit-in-a-book features a fast-drying 9" x 12" board, a 24-page artists' guide with full-sized examples and ideas of objects to paint, a #8 round watercolor brush, and a #10 flat watercolor brush. Just pull out the removable book, fold the board up, pour yourself some water and start painting! Soon, the board dries, and you can start again! I wouldn't recommend it for true works of art because the results don't stick around, but it's perfect for everything from little kids just playing around to people who are looking for a temporary outlet for artistic ambitions. Also a great way to practice strokes for Chinese brush painting. ~ Stephen

  • Item #: 003678
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $10.33
    This starter block printing set introduces youngsters to the technique known as relief, which originated in China over 1700 years ago. In this kit the "block" is a thin section of foam into which a drawing is etched. Etching can be done using the stencil or 4 drawing sheets included or can be done freehand with the drawing tool. Cut out the section of foam with the drawing, then roll blue, red, yellow or green paint over it. Then place it in the work tray, put a sheet of bordered printing paper upside down in the tray, and roll over it to transfer the work of art. Kit contains everything you need, including 8 sheets of foam, 2 rollers, 20 sheets of printing paper, and tracing and transfer paper for use with freehand drawing.
  • Item #: 002358
    ISBN: 9781600583872
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Drawing and doodling can be a very calming activity with interesting results. Tangling is a focused form of doodling using detailed patterns and effects. After learning a few basic tools & materials, you can explore tangling through a variety of prompts. You will learn to create your tangles step by step. This kit comes with everything you need to get started with your tangles! You get a soft graphite drawing pencil & sharpener, a kneaded eraser, 20 archival paper tiles (3.5” squares), 2 archival ink pens in 0.1 and 0.2mm, and basic white drawing paper for working out your ideas. Several pages of instruction have you practicing random lines & squiggles, effects like shading & sparkle, patterns & borders, beginning creatures, flux patterns, Hollibaugh woven looks, Roxi (looks like beads on a string) and nature motifs. There are loads of tips and inspiration followed by prompts which show an outline image that you then complete as you like. You can apply these techniques to other crafts as well, such as a picture frame (shown in this book). Your 40 pg book and supplies are contained in a snazzy portfolio/box with tangling on the cover. Any young art student would appreciate having a go at this meditative art form, but many adults would like it as well. The kit makes a lovely gift since it includes everything needed to create and comes in an attractive package! By Walter Foster. 8” x 10” x 1.25” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
    Retail: $17.95
    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

  • Item #: 071159
    Retail: $0.00
    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

  • Item #: 019474
    ISBN: 9781893103412
    Retail: $32.95
    Rainbow Price: $25.95

    Perhaps this text was part of my elementary education. The timing fits – and it would explain why the events lovingly memorialized in this publication are still firmly planted in my memory. First published in 1955 and now republished by Beautiful Feet, utilizing the historical accuracy and storytelling ability of Earl Schenck Miers and the amazing illustrations of James Daugherty (full-color, inked drawings), this book takes the reader through tales of adventure, heroism, and patriotism. From Leif's Viking boat explorations of the northeastern coastline to the atom bomb's close to the second World War, you will read about everything in between – explorers, founders, soldiers, adventurers, settlers, inventors, statesmen, educators, and many more – in the fifty stories that make up this 315 pg, paperback book. A worthy addition to your home library or ideal for any literature-based history course or unit study, the author himself sums up its scope: "…everywhere signs of the greatness of God. It is indeed the one truth in which we all believe. It is indeed our richest heritage." ~ Janice

  • Item #: 072963
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    You stumble upon on ancient castle, blocking your progress. But what a coincidence! 3 other knights had the same idea, and they need to get through too… In Keys to the Castle, players compete to be the first knight to escape the castle by traversing its many locked rooms. Each player begins his or her turn by drawing cards. These cards are generally color-coded keys, but can also be a variety of helpful items. Players then play one of their cards, opening an adjacent door of their choice and moving – or locking a door behind them to slow down other players! Other helpful devices allow players to hacksaw through barred doors, set up padlocks to further sabotage their opponents, and even find secret passages to speed their progress. The first player to the opposite side of the castle wins! For 2-4 players. 10-20-minute playtime.

  • Item #: 071148
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $159.00

    Universal sets include everything necessary for success at that level including manipulatives, the Instructor Manual and DVD, and consumable student worktext and test book (test book not available for Primer). 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.Primer through Gamma digital packages include Skip Count Songs MP3 and PDF songbook

     

  • Item #: 017304
    ISBN: 9780977859702
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95
    This fun and educational supplement will be a great diversion from boring textbooks and endless amounts of reading! Students will love putting some of their other talents into their history lessons. This book is divided into several sections including Creation, Noah, Tower of Babel, Egypt, China, Joseph and Moses, David, Jonah, and the Trojan Horse. As you can see, it covers many aspects of early history with a good mix of Biblical accounts and other historical events. Each section begins with a drawing of the time period or place, followed by drawing instructions for all different aspects of the picture, and concluding with a page of information about the time period so students can practice their penmanship. For example: Egypt starts with a colored page featuring a pyramid, mummy, and sphinx. The following pages have separate step-by-step drawing instructions (1-3 pages per drawing) for each of those items. The information about Egypt closes the section, written in cursive so students have a model to copy their handwriting after. Sprinkled with interesting facts and Bible verses, this book is sure to bring the ancient times to life. 64 pages. ~ Megan
  • Item #: LWOTKS
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    Offering everything you need for successful handwriting across the curriculum, this package includes the Handwriting without Tears (HWT) student workbook, writing journal and the newly released Building Writers workbook. Handwriting teacher guides are sold separately and the Building Writer's teaching resource is available as a free download on our website. Books are color-coded by grade, keeping them easy to organize if ordering more than one set. Conquer your busy homeschool day by having all the necessary components at your fingertips. ~ Deanne