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  • Item #: 033996
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $6.49

    Jumping rope is great, but if you want something a bit different and have three or more players, Chinese jump rope is a classic activity that kids love! Instead of moving the rope and jumping over it, the rope remains stationary and the jumper moves around the rope in a variety of jumps. When I was young, my friends and I used to do this to fun chants, and we always had a lot of fun. This rope is a good value; it's a continuous thin loop made of stretchy, durable material. The two rope holders stand with their legs about a foot apart, and five or so feet away from each other with the rope around the outside of their legs at about ankle height. You want the rope taut, but still loose enough so it can stretch. The jumper starts with both feet inside the two sides of the rope and jumps in and out. A classic, simple rope that everyone will love!

  • Item #: 004382
    ISBN: 9781887840781
    Retail: $0.00
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 047865
    Retail: $4.75
    Rainbow Price: $4.50

    This mini balance provides hands-on instruction in addition and subtraction, and could even be used for equations involving multiplication/division. For addition and subtraction concepts, you can begin by hanging the blue weights in various yellow-peg positions on one side, and balancing the sum on the other side. So, for example, if you hang a blue weight in the 10-position on one side, you can create balance by hanging a blue weight in the 6- and 4-position on the other side (6 + 4 = 10). Students can think through and try all the possible combinations that could work, not limiting themselves to only two weights on the one side. That will keep them busy for a while, and you may want to have them write down their answers in logical order to make sure they haven't overlooked any possibilities. Subtraction follows, as students try to determine where the missing blue weight should go (10 – 4 = ?). Multiplication occurs when multiple weights occupy a certain peg (2 weights at the 2 position is 2 x 2 = 4, so one weight in the 4-position on the other side creates a balanced equation). Your equations can get even more complicated: what if you have a 3 and a 4 on one side and three 2's on the other? What do you need to add to make it balance, and where? The scale is not super precise in its ability to be perfectly calibrated, but little plastic weights are provided so that the calibrated accuracy will be sufficient for your purposes. ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 027706
    ISBN: 9781887840866
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.49

    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 024006
    ISBN: 9781887840934
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.49

    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

  • Item #: 041342
    ISBN: 9781932906165
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.00

    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 017139
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

    Raising frogs from tadpoles sounds like a fun and educational experience, but if you don't have the time or desire to collect your own and make them a home, consider this kit. The kit was changed for 2015 and now includes a packet with tadpole food, nutri-sand and a postcard to request your tadpole and its new larger habitat. When you receive the packet from us, use the postcard to order the tadpole and its habitat from the supplier (no additional postage is necessary; please note that tadpoles may not be able to be shipped at certain times of the year, due to low temperatures. Cannot be shipped to Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada). The tadpoles are somewhat transparent so you can see into their bodies and even watch their heart beat. In 6-8 weeks the tadpole undergoes metamorphosis into an adult frog. The habitat and supplies provide the right balance of algae and other microorganisms to keep the frog healthy. Food is also included with a serving spoon to nourish all the way through metamorphosis. A Fun & Fact handbook gives detailed instructions, shares interesting facts about your new pet, and answers common questions. Once the frog has developed, you can send in for "stage two food" and a larger habitat if you wish. Frogs have an average life span of five years. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 038875
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    This scale is versatile and can be used as a pan or bucket scale. Two large white buckets and two clear pans are included and are easily changed, depending on what you want to weigh. The scale also features non-removable plastic compensators at the top, 20 hanging masses and an activity guide. Whether you are weighing liquids or solids, clean or messy objects, this is a great, all-inclusive balance set. It's built well and the price is right. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 036857
    ISBN: 9780738212418
    Retail: $19.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.75

    Mark Kistler, cartoonist and author of the ever-popular Draw Squad and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler, has taught children to draw using his methods for years. In this book, he takes his fun, yet start-with-the-basics approach and offers it up to adults who think they can't even draw a straight line! He promises that yes, anyone can learn to draw if they set aside twenty minutes a day for a month. If you're game, you can grab any old pencil and sketchbook and embark on an adventure that will take you from drawing spheres to tackling the human face! I like the balance of simple form and more advanced skills he meshes together here. Although you begin by drawing a circle, you immediately turn it into a three-dimensional sphere by adding shading. So you skip that whole "drawing a straight line" thing and head straight into the world of 3-D. Lesson drawing subjects progress in difficulty, beginning with the basics: spheres and cubes. From there you build onto the cubes and spheres that you know, creating koalas, roses, cylinders, houses, rippling flags, pyramids, mugs, trees, rooms and cities in one-point perspective, buildings in two-point perspective, and the human eye and face. Each lesson goes step-by-step, with Mark's illustrations showing the student exactly what to add each time and his written instructions are clear, easy-to-follow and entertaining. Many of the lessons are reminiscent of those in Draw Squad, but the pace is a bit quicker, and the subject matter slightly more sophisticated. Lessons often end with a "Bonus Challenge" where you can take your new skill to the next level, and several examples from Mark's other adult students offer inspiration as well. Drawing supplies are minimal, although Mark makes suggestions and recommendations in several lessons. With its 30-day commitment and incremental lessons, I would recommend this one as an introductory drawing course for your high-schoolers, especially if they have not had much drawing instruction in the past.

  • Item #: 033353
    Retail: $31.99
    Rainbow Price: $27.75

    This 32" diameter ball is excellent for exercise and fun, inside or outside. Blow it up with the included foot pump, insert the plug, grasp the handles, and bounce away! Made of resilient vinyl, the ball can be used on almost any open, even surface, and can carry riders up to 240 lbs. To bounce, you sit on the ball with the handle between your legs, hold on, hop, and use the ball to cushion the fall and propel you into the next bounce – which is higher as a result. Hopping works out the legs, while keeping your balance makes good use of the abs. Fun, simple, and a good workout to boot! ~ Mark

  • Item #: 024004
    ISBN: 9781887840989
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.49

    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 009641
    ISBN: 9781887840903
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.49

    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 074180
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    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    In the same vein of physical dexterity games as Suspend!, this game uses the constant but unpredictable force of gravity to push your balancing skills to the limit! A central “Gravitational Pole” somewhat resembling the body of an artificial Christmas tree is placed in the center of the table to begin. 3 counterweight baskets protrude near the base and are filled with several different styles and weights of “tipping point.” Each turn, players take a tipping point of their choice and add it to a spoke of their choice on the pole. As more weight is added, the pole starts to tip and wobble. Maybe you can make it harder by putting this heavy weight on the far side- oops! There it goes! When any pieces fall off the pole, the last person to successfully put a piece on wins! For 2 or more players.

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3 yrs.

  • Item #: 070717
    Retail: $49.99
    Rainbow Price: $39.95

    A seemingly infinite system of caverns has been discovered below your village, waiting to be explored! In this quirky fantasy game, you and up to three other players control small bands of villagers attempting to expand and improve their villages. Each turn, players use all available villagers to Build, Harvest, Train Villagers, and Explore. Those who dare to explore the caverns beneath the village face a variety of descriptive, story-like events, and the player chooses how to proceed. Some encounters are riskier than others, and failure will leave the player with wounded, exhausted villagers, and perhaps even a loss of reputation but success means riches and glory for your village! As players explore and earn money, they can Build houses and cavern outposts for bonuses, Harvest resources for trade, income, & Village Points, and Train new villagers. The game progresses until 7 rounds have passed; the player with the most Village Points wins.

    One of the most unique games I've played, it flows like a narrative as players expand & explore: game events come from a 48-page encounter guide, filled with over 200 narrated events. Since players experience few each game, it can be replayed over and over without much risk of spoiling the encounters. The game additionally features beautiful fantasy artwork, limited competition, fun & balanced mechanics, and easy-to-follow rules. Nominated for numerous 2015 Golden Geek awards. 2-4 players; 75 minutes.

  • Item #: 067097
    ISBN: 9781426321115
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

     Chemistry, Biology and Life Science can all be taught in the kitchen! Measure pH balance in the baked cookies, reduce air pressure in and inflate a marshmallow, form solid crystals from maple syrup and make maple candy, or fool your senses and make a mock apple pie. This is just a taste of the delectable activities. Experiments use easy to find items and common kitchen tools. Each activity includes a supply and ingredient list, step-by-step instructions and science explanations. Colorful pages and illustrations. Glossary, Science standards and Index included. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 062875
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.99
    Is Charades just a little too outgoing for you? It can be awkward, being the only person put on the spot, acting, and acting, and acting, while no one can guess who you are or what you are doing! In this game, only one player is guessing while the rest of the players are frozen into statues, in different poses. The guesser leaves the room while the other players draw a category card (something like "Things That Start with B") that has a list of 7 specific items that fit the category (bagpipes, baboom!, balance, baboon, bay, blob, blush). Each player draws a number that assigns them a word, then strikes their pose! The guesser returns and gets to use the category card to see the possibilities, and then they guess what each player is. As you can see, the words are much harder than in regular charades, and no one can use any action, but the choices for the guesser is limited to what's on the card. Fun and entertaining, without being put on the spot, just try to keep your pose (and maintain your composure!) until the round is over! 3-14 players, game play is approximately 30-45 minutes. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 060814
    ISBN: 9781601447135
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.99

    When children are young, we teach them to recognize sequences, shapes, and patterns as prerequisites to math – important skills to build upon. This book from The Critical Thinking Company incorporates some fun puzzles to work with children at the fifth to seventh grade level to really get them thinking about math functions. Five different types of puzzles make the math exploration challenging – Pattern Predictor, Equality Explorer, Sequence Sleuth, Number Ninja, and Function Finder. There are eight of each type for a total of 40 puzzles that become progressively more difficult. Pattern Predictor asks the student to look at a pattern of shapes and predict where the pattern will be in future stages. Equality Explorer is like Balance Benders (also by Critical Thinking Press) where the student sees a series of balances with shapes on one side and a number on the other – the student has to figure out the value of each shape in order to equal the number on the other side (balancing equations). Sequence Sleuth shows a sequence of patterns, objects, letters, etc. and asks a series of questions in which the student is to determine future stages in the sequence based upon what they can already see. Number Ninja lays out a series of operations and tells you a starting or ending number. Based on the operations you have to determine the missing start or finish number. The fifth type of puzzle is the Function Finder in which the student is to determine what functions are being employed given the example presented – look for a pattern and understand it. An example of this last puzzle would be 6♦7=43, 8♦3=25, 9♦10=91, 2♦5=11. Based on the mystery function offered here, what would the answers be to 5♦9 and 16♦3? The mystery functions would be multiply and add one, so the answers would be 46 and 49, consecutively.

    Hints for solving the puzzles and solutions are offered at the back of the book. These are very helpful when you get stuck.

    I know this book says that it is for 5th – 7th grade, but I feel like the number-brain exercises in these puzzles would be good for even high school and adults. I have completely enjoyed working the puzzles in this book. Like other Critical Thinking products, this book is reproducible for classroom and family use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 060688
    ISBN: 9781940110363
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.52
    Covering topics from using your time wisely, finding balance in your life, running a home business, training your children to be responsible, and building a Christian heritage in your home, author Mary Jo Tate brings her keen insight to anything and everything related to homeschooling your children. She talks about being discouraged and overwhelmed and what you can do to turn that around. Her strategies are real-world friendly and her words are thoughtful and practical. The book is divided into chunks that allow the busy homeschool parent to pick it up, read a bit, and put it down – in case you don't get the time to sit and read a book to yourself! In the back are time logs, questions to make you think, and even a progress check to see if the changes you make are helping. It's like having your very own homeschool mentor that you can learn from! Apologia Publishing, pb, 287pp ~Sara
  • Item #: 060283
    Retail: $19.98
    Rainbow Price: $10.12

    Children will learn about healthy eating in an interactive and entertaining way. Construct a food pyramid by planning meals throughout the day, focusing not only on consuming appropriate foods but also in proportionate sizes. Hang the 8 ¾” x approx. 24 ¼” chart via the included cord. The food pyramid is divided into color coded sections: pink (sugars); yellow (fats); red (proteins); blue (calcium); green (vitamins, minerals & fibers); brown (starches) and light blue (drinks). As the child eats through the day, he places the magnetic items he eats in the corresponding time of the day (identified with pictures). At the day’s end, reward/identify the child’s eating with one of three color-coded chefs: green chef (balanced diet); yellow chef (unbalanced diet) and red chef (very unbalanced diet). A white chef’s hat is available to place atop your child’s picture and put on the chart. A great game for multiple languages, as directions are in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Need to store it? Set folds up at tri-folds, closing like a book and then can be stored in the cardboard carrying case with its plastic handle and lock. The term “game” is a bit of a stretch and the chart is difficult to use for multiple children simultaneously (unless they are each eating exactly the same food). However, this chart can be a great visual and tangible way to instruct your child and help him/her make healthy food choices. Watch out - they may help you with your choices as well! Note: foods are typically in whole form; very little processed food is represented. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 060270
    ISBN: 9781466477469
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.80

    This activity book (workbook) is designed to help students uncover what they value most and help them self-define the morals and values that make them who they are. The reader works through twenty chapters which focus on character and morals. The first 8 provide a basis for the students understanding of himself: learning to think about ones own thoughts and feelings, interpreting mistakes, finding balance and journeying to reach for ones dreams, etc. Then, the remaining chapters address some specific morals: honesty; learning; respect; peace in nature (appreciation for and value of environment); boundaries; healthy relationships; consequences; forgiveness; humor; gratitude and diversity. Note: no rationale is suggested for why one should have these traits; there are no Biblical references or motivations listed other than those implicitly suggested by quotations from other children who have also worked through this book. Ultimately, the student himself will determine the reasoning. Each trait is briefly described; a criteria checklist is then provided to help the student evaluate his own ability in each area. The student then reads quotations from other kids regarding the topic. The next step asks the student to think about and practice the principles, imagining and drawing themselves using that principle. Finally, the student is asked to answer specific introspective questions. The lesson culminates in writing a final summation of the students view about this trait. These twenty summation statements then become the students overall mission statement.

    To explain this practically, lets use the trait of Honesty. Some goal statements are "I will strive to be honest with myself and with others; I can count on myself and count on others". After reading other kids statements, the student is asked to think about honesty and practice it that day. Finally, the student is asked to write "Why its important to be honest; think about a time when you were dishonest; How did your dishonesty affect you and the person you lied to?", etc. Then the student sums up what he/she has learned and create a mission statement. After completing the book, a student will have developed a life mission statement based on the 20 statements theyve created in the workbook. Designed as a complete workbook with no additional items necessary. Note: no Biblical content. 196 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 059358
    Retail: $69.00
    Rainbow Price: $45.27

    Combine Kapla-style pine planks with little navy blue plastic clips and what do you get? The never-ending world of TomTecT, where creations are as diverse as your imagination! I really like that you can attach clips securely instead of using balance like with Keva or Kapla planks, so if something gets knocked over by a sibling, you don’t have to start at square one. The clips join together to make somewhat stiff hinges, so you can make rounded shapes or bend them at 90 degree angles for corners. The included idea guide has lots of pictures with ideas for things to build, but not step-by-step instructions, allowing the process to be part of the fun. This set includes 100 planks, 190 large clips, and 130 small clips. – Laura

  • Item #: 058765
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.00

    This simple yet darling little game is perfect for your little ones as they work on developing color recognition, balance, and fine motor skills. Roll the die to see what color animal you must place on the rocking boat. Can you balance them all? Younger kids can use their hands to place the animals on the boat; more advanced players can use the included pincers. All game pieces are constructed out of preservative-free, chemical-free wood. With two each of 6 different animals, you can easily imagine you're placing the animals on Noah's Ark! 1-4 players.

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 058425
    ISBN: 9781937639105
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.92

    Technology. For many of us, this modest word produces a knot in our stomach. Technology can be a wonderful asset, and represents the wave of the future; yet, how often do we look around and see individuals consumed by the technology in their hands while paying no attention to the person next to them? To be honest, technology presents a unique challenge not only to individuals but also to us as a society as we learn to balance technology in our lives.

    If you are looking for balance in technology use in your home, these resources from popular homeschool speaker Todd Wilson may tip the scales in your favor. Beginning with the booklet, written primarily to Dads (with much application to Mom), Todd lays a foundational understanding of the allure and deceptive nature of technology and it's impact on his own family; explains the unique impact technology has on males and females; and uses supportive scripture to form a battle plan to tame the beast. While this practical, easily digested, 47 page Booklet gives parents the necessary tools to tame the techno-beast, Todd also offers a 100+ page Student Workbook, designed to take young people on a path of self-discovery of their relationship with the Techno-Beast. One thing I really appreciated about the student workbook is how he walks students logically through setting a technology standard for themselves rather than espousing the "evils" of technology. Beginning with a short history lesson to introduce the first computer game (Pong, for those too young to remember!), which leads to an overview of the rapid technology explosion, the Student Workbook then tackles life in a virtual world. A virtual world that can be all-encompassing and provide a snare that is different for males and females. Students then explore the Biblical application, battle plans for killing the beast and development of personal standards for video games, cell phones, Facebook and internet usage. Each workbook section ends with open-ended questions designed to help young people evaluate their views of technology and the impact it has on their lives. A sampling of the questions: "How do you respond when you see a new gadget?" Does your virtual world seem easier, more exciting, or more relational than your real world at home, school or work? Explain." Weekly Technology Logs are also included for self-evaluation. Parents and young people alike will be challenged to think beyond society's norm as they evaluate the Techno-Beast in their home. Homeschool parents may reproduce pages for use within a single classroom. sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 058424
    ISBN: 9780982194126
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.38

    Technology. For many of us, this modest word produces a knot in our stomach. Technology can be a wonderful asset, and represents the wave of the future; yet, how often do we look around and see individuals consumed by the technology in their hands while paying no attention to the person next to them? To be honest, technology presents a unique challenge not only to individuals but also to us as a society as we learn to balance technology in our lives.

    If you are looking for balance in technology use in your home, these resources from popular homeschool speaker Todd Wilson may tip the scales in your favor. Beginning with the booklet, written primarily to Dads (with much application to Mom), Todd lays a foundational understanding of the allure and deceptive nature of technology and it's impact on his own family; explains the unique impact technology has on males and females; and uses supportive scripture to form a battle plan to tame the beast. While this practical, easily digested, 47 page Booklet gives parents the necessary tools to tame the techno-beast, Todd also offers a 100+ page Student Workbook, designed to take young people on a path of self-discovery of their relationship with the Techno-Beast. One thing I really appreciated about the student workbook is how he walks students logically through setting a technology standard for themselves rather than espousing the "evils" of technology. Beginning with a short history lesson to introduce the first computer game (Pong, for those too young to remember!), which leads to an overview of the rapid technology explosion, the Student Workbook then tackles life in a virtual world. A virtual world that can be all-encompassing and provide a snare that is different for males and females. Students then explore the Biblical application, battle plans for killing the beast and development of personal standards for video games, cell phones, Facebook and internet usage. Each workbook section ends with open-ended questions designed to help young people evaluate their views of technology and the impact it has on their lives. A sampling of the questions: "How do you respond when you see a new gadget?" Does your virtual world seem easier, more exciting, or more relational than your real world at home, school or work? Explain." Weekly Technology Logs are also included for self-evaluation. Parents and young people alike will be challenged to think beyond society's norm as they evaluate the Techno-Beast in their home. Homeschool parents may reproduce pages for use within a single classroom. sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057957
    ISBN: 9781426211270
    Retail: $13.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.25

    "In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Col. Jackson, down the mighty Mississip." If you're like me that might be about all you know or can remember about the War of 1812. Our reasons for fighting it were obscure; what was accomplished is likewise vague. Wouldn't you like to know more? This unassuming little book proves there is a lot more; providing an overview of the war – causes, invasions, the war fronts, victories, and peace – and then a battlefield-by-battlefield guide. Looking at the various regions where war action took place, battlefield and historic sites are visited. Maps, aerial views, photos, and text – supplied in a colorful, heavy paper format – all help tell the story of each site. Particularly helpful are the Quick History inserts that serve as summaries. The Nearby and Noteworthy sections identify places you might want to include on a tour. The Don't Miss sections help prioritize. Written to be a handbook for those who want to tour the various sites and understand the bigger picture, the book, nevertheless, makes a good quick study of the war. It was important; it defined boundaries for two countries and impacted the history of three people groups – Americans, Canadians, and Native Americans. And, then, of course, it gave us our National Anthem. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 053850
    Retail: $80.00
    Rainbow Price: $59.95

    Explore math concepts in a fun, unique way with the Tree Blocks Math Kit! This set contains 66 rustic blocks cut from tree limbs in sizes from 1 cm to 12 cm, a stand with cm ruler (hewn from wood) 2 number dice, and about 90 activity cards. A few other cards included in the set offer tips for use, a materials list, and NCTM standards supported by the activities in this set. There are three levels of activity cards level 1 is appropriate for PK/K, level 2 for 1st/2nd, and level 3 for 3rd/4th. Some activities require items found around your home, such as a plastic bucket, plastic cups, paper plates, colored sticky dots (like you would use for marking items in a garage sale), chart paper, bucket balance, etc. Adaptation of the activities can make them usable for multiple age groups with practice in the areas of measurement, data analysis & probability, geometry, algebra, and number & operations. Some activities include finding similar weights of the blocks, playing a matching game, measuring blocks, and find a missing number. Some activities may seem simplistic, but all work to instill math or pre-math concepts. Cut from tree limbs, these blocks aren't uniform in width, but the thickness or height is the unit of measure.

    So, enough about math - remember they're blocks too! Not only can you do the activities included and make up your own, but you can also build with them! Building helps develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and critical thinking. There are many reasons to buy blocks, and this unique set provides multiple opportunities for education and fun! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 049318
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Helicopters are cool. Toy helicopters you can fly yourself are even cooler. With a compact design, controllable flight, and a sweet eagle motif, this copter is an easy-to-use delight. Designed to withstand plenty of crashes, the Flying Eagle has twin rotors and a small weight at the top for balance and steering. The infrared controller has a range of 30', allowing the careful pilot plenty of room to prove his ability. And as the whole contraption is only 5.5" long, landing with any precision takes some expertise! ~ Mark

  • Item #: 048477
    ISBN: 9780805448443
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    As a veteran home school mom, I began to read this book prepared to refute views that were contrary to my own. However, a pleasant surprise was to be found within these pages! This book provides a balanced presentation of the four main options available to most Christian families. Whether you are considering homeschooling, public schooling, open admission Christian schools or covenantal (Christian admission only) Christian schools, this book will provide insights and information to enable you to make the decision that will be best for your family.

    Written by four different gentlemen who are "living" their perspective, each shares a bit of their journey and the benefits (and potential downfalls) of the educational choice they have made for their family. Following their individual narrative, an opposing view is presented by a proponent of a different perspective and an occasional "counter view" is added to respond to the opposite view. Each gentleman writes respectfully, intelligently, and passionately about their convictions, enabling you to form your own opinion about which option suits you best.

    I believe this book can also be a valuable asset on all family bookshelves. The gracious and thoughtful manner in which these opposing educational views are handled will allow each of us to better understand and relate to our brothers and sisters who have chosen a different educational path. Personally, I was challenged in my thinking and given a greater appreciation for the different educational options available to Christian families.

    Perspectives on your Child's Education is highly recommended to inform and assist you in choosing the educational direction for your family, and as stated by one of the writers, our choice is not permanent, God may call us out of our current educational path and into another one. This book will assist you in gaining the insights and information you need to respond to His call. Softcover, 130 pages. Deanne

  • Item #: 040593
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.50

    Introduce young students to weight and measurement with this durable set from Learning Resources. Included is the actual balance, which measures 16.5" x 6.5" x 6". It holds two clear plastic buckets that can be removed easily for emptying and allows students to see what they have placed inside. Any dry or liquid material can be measured in the buckets. Lids are included, which you can snap on top of the buckets and use as measurement platforms. The base of the balance scale has a built-in drawer to use as storage. In case you need something to weigh and balance, this set comes with some cute little bears that will certainly do the trick. There are 102 bears in six rainbow colors (17 of each color) and each bear measures 1" and weighs 4 grams. This is a very handy set that will help students have fun while they learn about balance and measurement. ~ Rachel