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  • Item #: 070722
    ISBN: 9781974265930
    Retail: $51.48
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    Packed with graphics and illustrations, the Course Book is a template/example for the notebook/binder the student will create. In addition to the maps there are suggestions for projects, lots of photos from studied countries, and blank space for writing. There are two versions of the Course Book one in full-color and one that is black and white. The Course Book is consumable and the author considers one per student a requirement.


  • Item #: 070721
    ISBN: 9781976051746
    Retail: $34.95
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    Packed with graphics and illustrations, the Course Book is a template/example for the notebook/binder the student will create. In addition to the maps there are suggestions for projects, lots of photos from studied countries, and blank space for writing. There are two versions of the Course Book one in full-color and one that is black and white. The Course Book is consumable and the author considers one per student a requirement.

  • Item #: 048328
    ISBN: 9781589976108
    Retail: $2.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.50

    Welcome to Adventures in Odyssey! This audio show has been a classic for many years, and now this CD will introduce you to the excitement that has kept families tuning in every week. Included in this pack is an introduction to Odyssey and Whit's End—the famous soda shop where all the kids from Odyssey hang out after school—and two other audio adventures. I grew up listening to this show and still listen when I get the chance. It won't take you long to get hooked and have to remind yourself that the characters are fictional! – John

  • Item #: 012331
    ISBN: 9781600220975
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95
    Over 350 creative writing prompts geared towards helping students read, think, and respond. Several writing prompts are included per page, and students can write as much as they wish about a topic or complete an assigned amount of words or pages. Prompts are broken up into eight sections. The All About Me section includes prompts like "Would you rather be a baby, a kid, a teenager, or an adult? Why?" and "If you could add a holiday that everyone in the country would celebrate, what would it be, when would it be, and how would everyone celebrate?" The Family Relationships section has prompts like "What have you learned about cooking from your parents? Do you think you'll be a good cook?" and "Describe a time when you and your siblings worked together." The Friendship section has questions like "How do you make a new friend?" and "If you could have anyone as your best friend, who would you choose and why?" The School section includes prompts like "What do you remember most about being in kindergarten?" and "What is your favorite subject in school and why? Is it the easiest subject for you? What is your least-favorite subject and why?" The Academics section has prompts like "If you could visit another planet, which one would you choose, and what do you think you might see?" and "What is one talent or skill that you have? How can you turn it into a career?" The Character Education and Safety section has prompts like "Some boys and girls choose to be mean to each other. What do you think causes them to be that way?" and "If you and a friend got lost in the woods while hiking, what would you do?" The Points to Ponder/Problem Solving section includes prompts like "If you were the leader of your country, what would you change about your country?" and "Would you rather be a famous movie star or a doctor? Why?" The last section is titled Story/Fiction Narrative and includes prompts like "You have been offered a round trip ride in a time machine and can travel any distance into the past. Where would you want to go? Describe the trip." Whether you work through the book and use all the prompts or just select the ones that appeal to you, this book is very useful at finding simple writing topics. Reproducible, 80 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 019085
    ISBN: 9780890515112
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.58

    This broad overview of science from a Christian worldview takes a look at controversial issues such as evolution, dinosaurs, fossils, and much more. Gary Parker, a former evolutionist, looks at the scientific evidence and shows how it supports the story of the Bible and the history of life. This 160-page, softcover book is divided into three units – the Classic Debate, Dinosaurs, and Human Origins. The sections within each unit are full of black and white pictures and illustrations, and each section ends with a "Building Inspection." The "Building Inspection" is a set of questions that can be used for discussion or as an assignment to reinforce the content (answers found in the back of the book); the author wants to make sure your foundation is solid in this area. There are four 'bonus projects' found in the book which provide an opportunity for students to apply the information in a higher-order thinking fashion. You could use this book alongside your secular curriculum to offer balance; it is also used with the Science of Life PLP (#015670) along with Building Blocks in Life Science. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 048868
    ISBN: 9781414333236
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    This easy-to-use devotional Bible would be great to get your kids thinking about real situations they may face. Each devotion is less than a page in length and includes a story, scripture reading (for which you will need your own Bible, any translation), questions to think about, optional activity, prayer suggestion, memory verse (New Living Translation), and a truth to remember. The story is open-ended, so children or family can think about possible endings that would be appropriate and God glorifying. If coming up with a good solution is difficult, look in the back of the book for suggestions.

    This book has a theme for each month – getting along with family, serving others, God's Word, Creation, knowing Jesus, and others. The themes correspond to those of the Pioneer Clubs, which is a ministry that meets weekly to help children learn about God and his Word. Use this book as a daily devotional or as supplemental reinforcement for those who attend Pioneer Club. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 041451
    ISBN: 9781589976764
    Retail: $9.99
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    As homeschoolers, it's easy to take our family mealtimes for granted. Maybe we'd use the time more purposefully if we realized what great opportunities that affords? Fathers: it's your responsibility to impart wisdom and a deeper love for God to your family! If you need a bit of help to get started, why not try this devotional book based on the popular radio drama Adventures in Odyssey?

    90 devotional sections will help spark spiritual discussion around your table as you explore the truths of God' Word together. Start off with a prayer and some questions to inspire conversation. Read a section of God's word and talk about it – let the Spirit take you deep! Finish with a final piece of Scripture to meditate and chew on as you leave the dinner table and live life. Some of the topics covered include how Jesus is the Light of the World, showing that we need to crave God's Word, and standing against popular opinions about truth. 15 devotions are included for different holidays, and 11 more involve themed meals or activities. 97 pgs, pb. –Chad

  • Item #: 011870
    ISBN: 9781933407852
    Retail: $9.95
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    C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books are so rich in visual imagery and fascinating characters, it seems completely natural to incorporate art and crafts to bring the subjects to life. Thanks to Sharon Jeffus, you can easily do this, whether you're studying the books in school or just reading them for pleasure. In 56 pages, Sharon offers a variety of ways students can apply their own creativity to the subjects of Narnia, whether it be through pencil and paper, paint, clay, cardboard, or a craft project. Subjects examined are lions, heraldry, knights, armor, weapons, crowns, thrones, portraits, printing, rabbits, beavers, gargoyles, fauns, stags, trees, castles, birds, ancient writing, dragons, unicorns, and maps. Along the way, Sharon mixes in art concepts, including perspective, shading, using a grid, scale, and positive and negative space. Because the topics are chosen from the Narnia books, this is not a cohesive art program; rather, it's set up as a book you can wander through as you read through the Narnia books, choosing topics that suit your fancy. Topical lessons vary quite a bit in content, and may include a craft project, a drawing challenge, thought-provoking questions, creative challenges, a website to look up works of art, examining a given picture, learning an art principle, etc. The suggested activities are very open-ended, and would be easy to tailor to children of different ages. Occasionally, several different activity options are offered for a topic; some will appeal more to older children, and some to younger children. The instructions for an activity are very simple and freeform (more like suggestions), allowing as much adaptation as you want. As with their other very practical art books, you won't need any special art equipment for the lessons, just pencils, drawing paper, construction paper, glue, yarn, markers, crayons, and anything else you'd like to use. Also available is a CD-ROM which contains the entire text of the book in electronic form. If you're anxious to explore Narnia with all of your senses and sharpen your artistic skills at the same time, you'll enjoy using this book as an art companion.

  • Item #: 036857
    ISBN: 9780738212418
    Retail: $19.00
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    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 #: 042978
    Retail: $19.99
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    Most of enter into marriage thinking we have found the person who perfectly complements us in all ways. Shortly we come to realize that often means they are opposite to us in some crucial ways. Approaching this realization biblically is a challenge. A challenge made easier by this Bible study manual. Each of eight chapters looks at a key ââ‚Å"marriageâ₝ or ââ‚Å"man-womanâ₝ Bible passage with the ninth and last chapter pulling all the verses and teaching together. Introductory comments define the relationship issues raised by the passage; then five lessons look carefully at specific verses. In these the author gives an explanation of the verses providing both context and historical background. The lesson ends with questions for introspection and discussion. Although there is space provided for writing out answers I think I would want to keep a parallel journal where I could also record my thoughts on the verses/teachings and my prayers. This study is subtitled ââ‚Å"a return to the Biblical concept of marriageâ₝. This is a lofty goal and one the author approaches by saying ââ‚Å"marriage is more than just headship and submission. Anyone who gets caught up in that one facet of a marriage to the exclusion of all the other facets has limited the beauty of what God intended for a lifelong companionship between two people of the opposite sex.â₝ 210 pgs, pb ~ Janice
  • Item #: 017132
    ISBN: 9780975854310
    Retail: $12.95
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    This great book provides a step-by-step guide to writing research papers from a Christian perspective. The easy to use guide can be used as an aid to help write any kind of paper on any subject. Sixteen basic steps are given.These steps include a research questionnaire, what direction to take with your report, the index card method, creating a bibliography, skimming, info sources, interviewing experts, adding pictures and graphics, adding scripture, creating an outline, hooking your audience, introducing the paper, summing up information, footnotes, writing your paper, and finishing touches. Detailed instruction on each topic is given, along with a worksheet to help writers in the different stages of their report. Notes are included for both parents and students to get the most out of this thorough, easy-to-use guide. ~ Rachel S.

    034546 This book takes an intimidating topic - writing a research paper - and breaks it down into a manageable, even fun, step-by-step process. Each chapter focuses on one area or task in the writing process, and provides plenty of strategies, practice, examples and tips for handling that section smoothly. The chapters walk students through finding a topic, locating resources, researching that topic, writing bibliography cards, taking notes, outlining their paper, writing the first draft, revising and editing the draft into the final copy, writing the bibliography and presenting the final paper. The text is filled with clear instructions, visual examples, and helpful hints. Reproducible student activity sheets are also scattered throughout the book, providing the student small-scale practice before they apply the skills to their own research paper. At the end of the book you'll find evaluation rubrics and answers to the activities found throughout the book. Don't let the thought of a research paper overwhelm you any longer - use the steps and techniques in this book to turn them into a breeze. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 004106
    ISBN: 9780970759795
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    This pamphlet by Mary Hood helps you transform little nooks, spare rooms, extra kitchen cabinets, a corner of the garage or backyard, or any other "extra" space around your home into a learning center. Learning centers are areas based around a particular subject or theme to help children learn, similar to the way a kindergarten or daycare is set up, but for older grades. Putting all of your supplies for one subject together and in reach of children allows easy access to educational tools and encourages them to spend time there. Learning centers are easily set up, and with a little rotation of materials or change in theme, they can provide continuous stimulation. After outlining basic guidelines for the establishment of learning centers, Hood turns to ideas for specific centers, offering helpful suggestions for each subjects including reading, writing, science, math, social studies, music, and art. The booklet ends with tips for other centers, such as sewing, baking, gardening or woodworking, or themed centers to correlate with unit studies or seasons. Steph

  • Item #: 008012
    ISBN: 9780825138522
    Retail: $26.00
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    Students experience art through history by participating in projects highlighting techniques and styles through the ages. Comprehensive in scope, the book begins with prehistoric art and progresses through the late 20th century. Each major period (Ancient World, Middle Ages, World Beyond Europe, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, Romantic, Impressionism & Post-Impressionism, Early 20th Century, Late 20th Century) is further divided into periods, locations, or schools of art. Each major section and sub-section begins with background information to set the stage. Within each sub-section are one or many projects designed to help students understand and appreciate concepts and methods used in art of all kinds (not limited to paintings). There are 80 different projects in all. Materials needed for the project are listed first, followed by a sample of the artwork and narrative description highlighting the type of art, method used to create it, a particular technique or feature, etc. Directions and instructions are then provided for completing a project simulating the art or concepts. To get the full visual impact of works referenced you will have to find reproductions, since the author provides only line drawings of the art. This is purposeful, since the pages are intended to be reproducible student handouts - in some cases, artwork is done directly on the page. Projects vary from simple drawings to elaborate construction. A few are extremely ambitious, but rather accurately impart the amount of effort involved in creating the type of art being studied. So much is included here that the best I can do is describe a few projects. The first project is Prehistoric Painting. Students make earth-pigment powders using brick, unglazed tile, or rock that is easily filed. A flat stone is used for a "canvas" to recreate a simple cave painting of an animal. The outline is drawn in charcoal or charcoal pencil. Earth powders are mixed with honey (just like they did way back then), and used to color within the outline. Project #20 (from Gothic Art) is creating a stained glass window using tracing paper, felt tip pens, and black construction paper. During the Italian Renaissance period (1400-1600) projects include Shading and Foreshortening, Renaissance Composition, Linear Perspective, Fresco Cartoon (mimicking the process by which frescoes where outlined before being painted), creating a picture based on one of many of Leonardo da Vinci's observations and ideas, and making a model of one of da Vinci's inventions. Project #53 has students use broad felt-tipped pens to try out Impressionist techniques on a basic line-drawn scene. I'm sure students could come up with some outlandish ideas for the Dada art project (Early 20th Century), inspired by Man Ray's Gift (an iron with tacks fixed to the bottom - a study in irony). Students will come back to earth by Project #80 (inspired by Spiral Jetty, an abstract sculpture formed with rocks and earth in Utah's Great Salt Lake) which focuses on creating art from/in nature. Students create their own earthwork, planning a simple tabletop design using stones, sand, gravel, dirt, and similar natural materials. (I have an excellent natural "collage" on my window right now - I call it The Undersides of Many Tree Frogs).

  • Item #: 005587
    Retail: $24.95
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    How about a little twist on your average four-in-a-row game? The object is to be the first player to complete a square on the tile board. But the catch is, the tiles move! Each turn consists of placing a piece and then sliding one of the eight tiles into the only open space on the board. Pay attention, because if you're not careful, you could wind up helping your opponent as easily as helping yourself! Squares can be made over multiple tiles, and each move is not allowed to undo the other player's last move. Simple to learn and quick to play, you'll exercise your cranium every time! For two players. – Chad

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

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 034322
    ISBN: 9780825151040
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50
    What does it mean to badger someone? To bail out? To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth? To get a dose of one's own medicine? We have all of these sayings in the English language, and we use them everyday, but have you ever thought about what they really mean? Don't most of them sound kind of silly? This book is great for class discussion and is divided into 9 different categories of idioms: animal, business, body, clothes, color, food, medical, money, and number. Daily Warm-Ups can be used at the very beginning of class to get students into learning mode, near the end of class to make good educational use of the transitional time, in the middle of class to shift gears between lessons, or whenever else you have unused minutes.
  • Item #: 029490
    Retail: $0.00
    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

  • Item #: 045678
    ISBN: 9781633260894
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

      This beautiful hardcover journal can be your daily companion as you take your walk through the Bible. How many times have you started reading through the Bible and forgotten where you left off, or wish you could remember some of your quiet thoughts while reading. This journal offers you daily reading to be checked off as you read from your own Bible and space to write down your prayers, thoughts, and inspirations. The pages begin with January 1 and end with December 31; there are two days per page. The pages aren’t assigned days of the week or even a specific year, so they are ready for use when you decide to get started. This would make a thoughtful gift for someone else or for you! It’s always a good time to get started in the Word! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 057849
    ISBN: 9780312545529
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.16

    You may be familiar with the wildly popular (and delicious!) Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. While the original recipes could be modified to incorporate healthier whole grains, this new resource takes the guess work out of creating healthier recipes and provides options for gluten free diets.

    I see you shaking your head. Healthy bread in five minutes a day seems impossible, doesn't it? The secret to super fast bread is found in the master recipe. While the master recipe will take a few minutes to create, it will remain viable up to 14 days. On baking day, simply cut off a piece of dough from the master, shape it and allow to rest. Preheat oven and bake (with steam for best results). I have yet to try these healthy bread recipes; however, over the years I have used the original artisan recipe tweaked with healthier ingredients. Based on personal experience, this is an excellent base recipe that gives you numerous options: artisan bread, pizza crust, flat bread, baguettes and more. This book also offers detailed information on using quality ingredients, best equipment for Artisan style bread, tips and techniques and over 100 new recipes featuring whole grains, fruits, vegetables and gluten free ingredients. Gorgeous (Yummy!) pictures of finished products included. Unique to this newest book include breads with hidden fruit and vegetables, and a chapter dedicated to gluten free breads and pastries. A detailed index and a helpful appendix summarize the value of vitamin B, protein and fiber content of various flours and information on saturated and unsaturated fats. 324 pgs, hc ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 046046
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $23.60

    This colorful series from Singapore Math introduces early concepts in life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science to the very young. Each book focuses on one of these sciences, and contains 29 lessons and an answer key. Lessons are a page in length, with each topical lesson containing a short informational segment, follow-up questions or a hands-on activity. The material is presented in its simplest form, and most often the questions repeated at the end simply ask the student what was discussed at the top of the page, although in some cases, it might be helpful to have read a little more material on the subject as well. The range of subjects is pretty impressive, including animal habitats, parts of the ear and eye, seeds and how they sprout, electromagnets, conductors, circuits, mixing colors, evaporation, how sound is made, sinking or floating, seasons, solar system, Milky Way, constellations, meteors, food chains, and more. As an example of a lesson, one lesson in Book 3 features a short paragraph on the properties of some common materials, followed by a blank chart. The students must decide whether some other common materials such as wood, glass, plastic, rubber and others are hard, if they can be bent, if they last a long time, and if they are attracted to a magnet. After that activity, several common materials are listed, and the student must match these to the item or construction it can be used to make. All activities are generously illustrated with friendly, cartoon-like animals and objects, and altogether the books have a "fun," relaxed look about them, even though the concepts are fairly well-presented and a little more serious that I've seen in other early elementary science programs. Inexpensive and easy-to-use, this set could easily make up a complete science curriculum for the early grades, although you may want to supplement with a little more reading, especially with interesting related library books to broaden their horizons a little more. Each book used to be available separately, but it is now sold only as a set of four books. – Jess

  • Item #: 070534
    ISBN: 9780374347017
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Even in the 21st century, many voices in the West still promote the supposed virtues of communism. It is not difficult, of course, to sing the praises of a political system that demands control over all of the economic and social activity of its citizens if you have never actually lived under it. Well, the author of The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, actually lived in Czechoslovakia when it was under communist domination. He presents an accurate and unvarnished perspective regarding the true effects of collectivism upon the government and the Czechoslovakian people during the last half of the twentieth century. The author presents his story in a journal/diary style, beginning in the early 1950’s and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Includes a wide variety of color as well as black & white pictures or drawings. 48 pgs, hc. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 019595
    ISBN: 9780736956406
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $1.95

    End your little one's day on a happy note with memory-making conversation starters. Intended for children ages 3-8, over 100 prompts ask questions such as, "If you could change one thing about your bedroom, what would it be?" Here is a cute one, "What do you think Mommy does all day? What does Daddy do?" Sometimes they are educational like, "List 5 words that begin with B. Now make a sentence where every word begins with B." Little ones might even want to go to bed so they can be asked a question from this book! It would make a darling baby gift to new parents. How about for grandparents or a babysitter? If bedtime doesn't work for you, try it at lunch time or nap time. A lady in the office here said she video chats online with her grandkids and this would be a fun book to use over the computer. Pb, 110pp, 4x6" ~Sara

  • Item #: 058484
    Retail: $5.00
    Rainbow Price: $4.25

    Using numbers in place of dots, these dice are engraved with digits in colors of the rainbow. Come up with all sorts of games to practice your math facts, or let the kids do it! You could also use them for review - assign a number to a list of questions or spelling words, roll a dice and answer that question or spell that word. Replace your ordinary dice in a family favorite game with these to freshen things up! Imagine rolling a 12-sided die instead of a 6-sider while playing Monopoly! You will get a D6, D8, D10, D12, D20 and then a triangular one w/3 numbers on each side, and a 10 sider with 00,10, 20, 30, etc to 90. They come in a handy little plastic box for storage too. ~Sara

  • Item #: 057181
    ISBN: 9781611030778
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    It's often been said that the single most important skill for test-taking success is good reading comprehension. I totally agree. Even math section scores will be higher if the student reads carefully. Providing a pretest and posttest, along with in-depth instructional sequences, this book will positively impact reading comprehension skills. The pretest is unusual in its length, with excerpts from eight different types of writing and detailed answer explanations that provide great help in understanding why you missed a question. The twenty lessons are organized into four units – building a strong foundation, structure, language/style, and reading between the lines. Introductory information at the beginning gives specific suggestions for becoming an active reader – skimming ahead/jumping back, marking up the text, highlighting or underlining, circling unfamiliar words, making notes in the margins, and making observations. Lessons are detailed and varied. For instance, lesson 4 on the difference between fact and opinion includes a lesson summary, a page of detailed instructional material, and three practice exercises, two of which include a passage and questions (with answers) and a third which actually allows you to manipulate sentences back and forth between fact and opinion. Another type of lesson, such as lesson 14 on tone, starts with a lesson summary then walks the student through different examples of how tone influences meaning and exercises on analyzing tone from several examples. The concluding posttest utilizes the same methodology as the pretest – excerpts from different types of writing and detailed explanations of answers. A ten page study skills section in the appendix provides excellent suggestions and effective tips. If you feel like you're just getting started when you come to the end of the book, there's a code in the book that gives you access to additional reading comprehension practice with immediate scoring, detailed answer explanations, and personalized recommendations for further practice and study. This seems an excellent resource for solid high school level reading comprehension skill-building which, of course, is excellent preparation for standardized and college entrance testing. 214 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 038177
    ISBN: 9781559535847
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    Math can be fun?? What?? How can that be?? Mixing it up by stepping out of your textbook to see if your student can do some outside problem solving is one way. Each of the 50 pages in this book holds 3 or 4 problems on geometric topics using word problems, visuals and proofs. Using their critical thinking skills, students decide whether or not the given information is accurate. If it is incorrect, they have to explain why. Creator Michael Serra is known for making math interesting to students. Illustrations are clear, as are the instructions. You could use an exercise as a warm-up to a daily geometry lesson, as an good end-of-the-week challenge, to create some friendly competition in a group of students, or even add one to a geometry test as extra-credit. Students appreciate variety as much as we adults do and a supplement like this one is a nice way to spice things up while ensuring their understanding of geometric theorems. Reproducible for your own classroom or family use. Answers in the back. 60pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 064797
    ISBN: 9780801018787
    Retail: $14.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.50

       I was raised on the adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.” All too often, children do learn from what they see their parents do, rather what their parents tell them. This book by Sami Cone, shows parents and also offers ideas on how to model proper behavior for their children.

      The book is divided into 3 sections to help parents teach their children the 12 traits taken from Colossians 3:12-17 – love, harmony, gentleness, bearing with, forgiveness, wisdom, patience, kindness, gratitude, peace, humility, and compassion. Using stories from her life, the author demonstrates what to do and what not to do as you train-up your own children. Scattered with scripture, this book offers Biblical principles on which to base your child-rearing. At the end of each chapter are practical suggestions for ways to implement that quality in your own life – thus modeling it for your children.

      Much of this seems like common sense now that my own children are grown; but a gentle reminder is always good. There are no guarantees with our children, but this book can serve as a well-laid out guide to help you raise selfless children. 205 pg., pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 053284
    ISBN: 9781606523407
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.75

    History stuff, math stuff, science stuff: these are a few of the chapters in this book. Give this book to a student and let them stump their teachers and impress their peers with their knowledge. It will take some work of course to memorize the names of all the countries in the world and their capitals, but the book is so fun to read that they may not even notice their brain cells are firing. I loved the summaries of Shakespeare's plays. Why didn’t he just say what he meant in a paragraph like the authors here? Grammar terms, world languages, the classics, important wars, math terms like triangular numbers and other things of which I know nothing; physics, chemistry and biology are all summed up in simple terminology along with many other subjects. Now of course, none of the explanations are going to be thorough, but leave that up to your student. Something they read in here may light a spark in your child. The approach is non-threatening. There is no test, no right or wrong answers, just knowledge for the sake of learning. I like that you can open the book to any page and learn something. Also check out I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot from School. Maybe if a kid read that book as a kid they would forget to forget and actually remember everything they learn in school. It could happen. Sara

  • Item #: 044579
    ISBN: 9780979226823
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    What do oobleck, invisible ink, and ice cream all have in common? Hmm… besides the fact that they have universal appeal with youngsters, they are also all examples of fun ways you can explore chemistry in the kitchen! This activity book features plenty of fun chemistry-based experiments that you can build… er, "mix" up in your kitchen to demonstrate chemistry concepts. Ten chapters cover atoms and molecules, mixtures, reactions, acids and bases, solids, liquids, gases, changing states of matter, polymers and water. Each chapter begins with some basic information about the topic, written in an informal, straightforward manner that even non-chemistry students can understand. The projects are found at the end of each short chapter. Most of them really CAN be done in your kitchen with basic household materials, except for the ever-popular "diet cola and mint explosion" experiment that you will probably want to perform outdoors. Although many of the experiments are tried-and-true "classics," such as making a baking-soda and vinegar volcano, pulling a soft-boiled egg into a jar opening smaller than the egg, and layering liquids of different densities, they are presented in an entertaining way mixed in with some high-interest stories about science in action. I definitely enjoyed the story of how scientists eventually tracked down the source of the neurotoxin that killed thousands of birds in 1961 and inspired Hitchcock's movie The Birds. Fascinating! 122 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 051518
    ISBN: 9781613730300
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.95

      Subtitled Simple Bookmaking Projects to Engage Kids in Art and Literacy. These straightforward, yet open-ended projects are designed to inspire elementary children to read, write and create in multidimensional ways. Part 1 of this book provides directions for making 20 different kinds of books with simple materials. Organized by increasing difficulty, projects begin with basic folded-page books and advance to pop-up and stitched. Clear and easy-to-follow directions guide you; basic materials are listed. The directions are step-by-step and illustrated with diagrams. Part 2 details projects that apply these basic book formats to provide 23 specific book options. These options focus on various education-related themes typical for young children: nature, snowmen, creatures, alphabet and dinosaurs, etc. 7” x 10”, 95 pp, sc. ~ Ruth