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  • Item #: 024361
    ISBN: 9780877883579
    Retail: $14.99
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    When I'm reading, I often come to the end of a page and realize I have no idea what I just read. I was reading the words but was not processing anything. This book by James W. Sire teaches how to read in a way that will not only ensure understanding of the material, but will allow readers to perceive the worldview and reasoning behind the writing. The book is written by a Christian, and though specific guidelines for Bible-reading are not set down, the author states that learning to read other books well will naturally lead to a better understanding of the Bible. There's a conversational tone to the book, with anecdotes and examples of reading interspersed. As the author points out that worldviews and meanings are hidden in everything from advertisements to poetry to non-fiction books, he clearly explains how you can read and analyze to uncover these hidden aspects. Different genres of writing are split into different chapters and then the book shows how to analyze each type of writing to discover the worldview of the writer and the underlying message. There are chapters covering nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, and one that discusses how biographical, literary, historical, and intellectual writing affect the meaning of passages. Each chapter includes excerpts of actual passages in the specific genre so students can practice the reading techniques while they learn about them. A chapter of the book is also dedicated to giving tips on what and where to read. A reading list is provided that categorizes books and other works into different genres and worldviews. Reading these books will show students how the worldviews of the authors are depicted in the writing. This is a great book for showing students how to slow down and really absorb the information they are reading as well as analyze writing and identify themes or worldviews hidden within. 192 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 027714
    ISBN: 9780743296281
    Retail: $17.99
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    If you found high school American history bland, but you actually enjoy reading about history, you will thoroughly enjoy this book – and chances are your student will too. Author James W. Loewen, a college history professor, wrote this after realizing that all his incoming freshman students regurgitated the same bland (and sometimes inaccurate) facts about American history. He then surveyed twelve popular American history high school textbooks digging for answers, and noted how different events in history were presented and what was (and was not) covered. His conclusion was that history textbooks tend to present history as a "fixed" story instead of "best-guess research," and leave out details which readers may find offensive or even thought-provoking. In twelve chapters, he covers topics like "heroification" in history, Christopher Columbus' expeditions to America, early settlement, the existing Native American population and what interactions between Europeans and Native Americans were really like, the invisibility of racism in textbooks and conversely, the invisibility of anti-racism. He also dips into what students are taught about the government, why recent history is often left out, and why history is taught this way. For each chapter, he draws upon primary source documents (some commonly available, like Las Casas' writings on Columbus) and the research of historians to present a more balanced account of history. Yes, it is disappointing at times to read about our "historical heroes," and see them as human. On the other hand, I have to say that his treatment of these events is usually very fair. In the chapter on Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, I braced myself to read some very harsh criticism of the Pilgrims, yet, I did not find it. It was a much more even treatment of the Pilgrims than I have read in many other recently-published history books. Throughout each topic covered, the author asks why students are not taught certain facts about history. He argues that a more balanced view, the inclusion of more theories and questions historians are currently asking, as well as a more "human" treatment of people throughout history will add interest – not turn students off to history. As a homeschooler, I would add that because we have more control over what history we absorb, some of these insights will not come as a surprise – especially to those who delve into period texts and primary source documents. Also, because this book was written in 1995, I think it has already had an impact on the way textbooks and even supplementary books are written. Unfortunately, this often seems to mean that the authors take a different biased approach, writing from an anti-white or anti-European viewpoint, or judging events standing solidly in present times and attitudes, always looking backwards. If your student is mature and interested in history, they will enjoy this book – and you will probably enjoy reading it along with them. The discussion raised would be terrific! However, there may be portions you find offensive, although, as I have mentioned above, the author does not come off as angry and biased, as you will find in many other modern histories. 383 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 030506
    ISBN: 9780825138034
    Retail: $22.00
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    Read faster and retain more of what you read! Using a variety of diverse reading material such as editorials, letters, and primary source materials from several core subject areas, these lessons are geared to improve the student's speed of reading and overall comprehension, which should result in better test-taking skills. This workbook contains sixteen lessons focusing on specific reading skills including vocabulary building, eye movements, reading purpose, previewing, reading in thought, skimming and scanning for the main idea and details, study reading and memory, and how to improve your reading in specific subject areas such as math, social studies, science, and literature. Each lesson has five exercises. The lesson begins with a teacher page describing the skill, which could also be read by the student. Then students work through an interpretation exercise, perception exercise, comprehension exercise, and two stories with questions for the student to answer to determine their average comprehension score and effective word-per-minute speed. Answers are included at the end of the book. This workbook could easily be used for self-study by an individual student or in a "class" situation, as the exercise pages are reproducible. What I like best about this workbook is that it is very realistic in what words we should be able to read per minute (not skim or scan per minute). While other products make loftier promises, this workbook states that the maximum number of words read are 800-900 words per minute. Overall, this is a very thorough course that will teach you how to speed read without sacrificing reading comprehension. – Jess

  • Item #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
    Retail: $27.00
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    Indeed a sound approach to reading, this program is a solid, phonetically comprehensive program with reinforcing reading text incorporated directly in the book. It reminds me somewhat of a cross between Alphaphonics and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, but with improved teacher instruction, lesson implementation, and textual presentation. As in those popular programs, your child will begin reading as soon as the first letter sounds are taught. And, in a mere 90 "byte-sized" lessons, your child will be reading at a beginning 3rd grade reading level. This program is also recommended for both remedial and ELL students. In fact, the school version of this program it is currently being used in more than 20 elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.

    Prior to beginning the lessons in this book, your child should have letter name and recognition skills and some phonemic awareness (the author provides background and methods for teaching these, or use another product that teaches these skills; see our Early Childhood section). You will want to read all of the preliminary teacher pages before actually starting lessons; otherwise you will miss out on helpful background information and other resources provided for you. While instruction in each lesson is devoted to reading, the author presents a great spelling methodology, complete with word lists, to integrate with lessons along with (brief) guidelines for incorporating handwriting, vocabulary, and creative writing into the program. Also in the intro section are specific instructions for teaching letter sounds, blending, playing Scramble Spell, and other implementation directions which would be redundant to include in each lesson. You should also teach the first four letter sounds introduced (a, t, s, c) BEFORE lesson 1-1, using the approach outlined in the teacher section. Here, the author strongly recommends using a set of flashcards WITHOUT pictures on them (such as the Alphabet Basics cards we've included below).

    The program teaches roughly 80 common sound/spelling patterns, based on the Orton-Gillingham phonograms as well as nearly all of the 100 most common sight words. I appreciate the author's sentiment below her Sequence of Skills table as she says, "Words from the list of 100 most common sight words that are not listed here are words that are decodable," as this echoes one of my pet peeves. Too many programs introduce phonetically decodable words as "sight words". Other features that captivate my heart for phonetic instruction are: integrated review of previously-learned sounds in each lesson; large, readable font with initial extra spacing between words and letters; immediate phonetic skill reinforcement in reading selections; word "play" incorporated into spelling lessons; longer "introduction" of each short vowel sound to prevent confusion; emphasis on blending from the beginning; and helpful review of phonograms by phoneme (yes!) in the latter lessons.

    Prior to the first lesson, a "How to Teach Sound Bytes Lessons" section concisely recaps directions in the teacher section of the book. Most lessons follow a similar format. Previously introduced sounds are reviewed, 1-2 new sounds are introduced, sight words (if any) are presented, new sounds are practiced in words, then sentences, and a story using only old and newly learned sounds and sight words is read. Lessons should take from 15-30 minutes per day. Lessons are generally grouped into units of 5 (lesson 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5), though there is no apparent reason for the grouping (maybe to accommodate a 5-day school week?). Units are also divided into chapters. Chapter One (38 lessons) teaches letter sounds and CVC words, ending with an impressively-long reading selection. Chapter Two (10 lessons) focuses on long vowel, silent-e constructions. Chapter Three (25 lessons) covers more advanced phonemes like r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, silent letters, and multi-syllabic words. Chapter Four (17 lessons) is "Challenge". Here is the synthesis of phonograms by sound as well as some final review and a list of additional sound patterns not included in the lessons. Font size and spacing between letters and words on the student pages tapers as the student progresses but, even at the end, is not too small or tight for an early reader. Line drawings scattered throughout the volume are sparse, attractive and non-distracting.

    The author suggests that your child practice handwriting the capital letters when learning letter NAMES and practice handwriting lower-case letters when learning the letter SOUNDS in this program. This can be done informally with a ruled white board (or paper) and marker or by using a beginning handwriting book (see descriptions and graphics on our website).

    I would strongly suggest incorporating the author's Scramble Spell game (word lists included) into most lessons rather than a standard spelling program, especially for beginning readers. This provides additional reinforcement for newly-learned sounds and adds a kinesthetic element to the lessons. By making additional words from an initial "base" word you explore onsets and rimes, word building, and practice encoding without all of the writing and rewriting that might turn your fun learning session into "work". A set of paper letter "cards" is provided in the book, but you may want to use a ready-made set of letter tiles or manipulatives for this (some suggestions below). If you want your child to have more practice actually writing words, follow her advice for incorporating creative writing into the program. Even the youngest students will enjoy making their own books that align with their budding language skills.

    The author suggests following up her program by having your child read books from a carefully sequenced list included at the end of the book. She thoughtfully provides lexile scores, implementation instructions, and further resources for locating other appropriate reading materials.

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
    Retail: $27.95
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    If conventional phonics is not working with your child, or if phonics instruction is turning your "eager to read-er" into a "do we have to?" reader, here's an approach you should try. Based on techniques used in the Reading Recovery program and on observations of methods used by "natural" readers (children who learn to read at young ages despite no formal instruction), this approach takes a middle road between phonics and "sight reading." It is designed to be used one-on-one in a tutoring situation – not in a classroom environment – so it works very well in a home school. The first ingredient is reading, reading, reading to your young child. Predictable readers are used heavily in beginning instruction so that the child can begin to "read" successfully without knowing all of the rules, and can begin to recognize letter-sound correlations in familiar words. Some separate phonics instruction is done as part of the lesson. Initially, letter sounds are taught. From there, instruction depends on the previous day's experience. However, most of the phonics instruction is done within the context of reading and writing about real stories in real books. Phonics rules are not learned in any set sequence, but as the need to use them arises. Books are reread until mastered, then rotated out, with a book on the "cutting edge" of the child's ability added to the mix. A list of recommended children's books is included.

    The author is no stranger to the "great debate" on reading instruction. He has sixteen years of experience teaching in both public and private schools and, as headmaster of a Christian school, oversaw a home education program in which he worked with parents teaching their children to read. He realizes the strong preference homeschoolers have for phonics, but he makes a great case for considering a less "pure" approach. I do think this book is worth reading. After reading it, I realized that my children all learned a little this way, despite my attempts to teach them strictly phonetically. When Mark was learning to read, he just wouldn't wait for me to slowly make it through our phonics program. Armed with the essential basics, he wanted to read, and proceeded to do so; reading and rereading familiar books until they were mastered, demanding explanations of unfamiliar constructs as he went, and then applying this knowledge the next time he encountered a similar phonetic construct. All this from a child who seemed almost dense to me (compared with his older sisters) when using a strictly phonetic method. On reflection, I think he might have done much better from the start if I'd read this book and employed some of these methods. While not for everyone, and certainly not for those of you who won't even consider less than "pure" phonics, I'm hoping this will help with children who may "fall through the cracks" using a traditional phonics approach.

  • Item #: 014902
    ISBN: 9780671212094
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    Why did nobody tell me about this book before now??? Even just the first few chapters lifted loads from my shoulders and helped me understand so much about my reading. Did you know that we read for three basic reasons? For entertainment, information and understanding. If reading for understanding is your goal, the author of this book will take you by the hand and open the world of books up for you. There are levels to reading which you will learn about: elementary (basic reading), inspectional (skimming systematically), analytical (best and most complete reading given an unlimited amount of time), and syntopical (comparative reading through many different sources). While focusing mainly on analytical reading, this book will encourage you to take your reading level beyond elementary, (which is where many people are stuck), and to progress on to the fantastic and ever so rewarding heights of the higher levels of reading. Then be taught techniques to reading different types of books including practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science, mathematics, philosophy and social sciences. Included in Appendix A is a list of recommended reading books. I would buy the whole book just for this list; it is that helpful! While moms and dads will also want to read this book, I think it will be particularly helpful for teens as well. Progressing through high school, studying for exams, getting my teeth into classics and learning about things which interest me would all have been enhanced had I read this book long ago! This 1940 classic by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren is now brought to you in a revised, updated, and expanded version. Enjoy and be stretched! 426 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 047893
    ISBN: 9781465439055
    Retail: $9.99
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    Who we are is so much more than biology! Yes, biology plays an important role in how many times our heart beats or how long it takes a meal to pass through, but who we are includes our genes, personality and so much more. This fascinating book breaks complicated scientific concepts into understandable and engaging language. You will learn basic biology, role of genes, how are brain works, left or right brain, types of intelligences, personality traits including introverts and extroverts, fears and phobias, hormonal influence during puberty and much more. Includes fun quizzes and challenges to test memory, spatial and verbal skills, personality traits, and more. A wonderful introduction into understanding that each one of us are unique, with strengths and weaknesses, and our differences bring beauty and balance to our world. Brightly illustrated. 96 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057048
    ISBN: 9781937589103
    Retail: $18.95
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    We offer a variety of resource books to help parents find the right books for their children to read. We have added this one because it offers lists of just funny or silly books for readers of all ages. Book summaries are divided into five categories – silliest picture books, silliest easy readers, silliest chapter books, silliest poetry books, and silliest graphic novels and manga. Hundreds of titles include books by authors such as Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and many more. For each book you will find a summary of the content, the author, publisher, and copyright date. What is missing, and I think is kind of important, is the recommended age range for each book. This book is from the American Library Association, so the books recommended aren't run through a Christian filter. Whether you have a reluctant reader or just have a reader who wants a book with laughs, this is a great 160-page resource book. pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 036222
    ISBN: 9780071440431
    Retail: $15.95
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    With flash cards, stickers, lots of pictures, and an audio CD, I think I could learn to read and speak Spanish, too! A lot of beginning language books focus on only learning lists of basic words. This one not only teaches you to read and speak lots of basic words, but it also instructs you on how to form them into complete sentences. The authors' teaching method is wonderful, as you not only read the words in Spanish with the help of colorful pictures and English subtitles, but you also hear the correct pronunciations on the audio CD. The lively narrator pronounces the word for you several times and then you can repeat it. There are also hands-on activities utilizing flash cards and stickers to complete sentences as well as create fun stories. This hardcover book has 47 text pages, 48 flash cards, 24 stickers, and an audio CD that is 78 minutes in length. Your children will love how quickly and easily they can master the contents of this book! – elise

  • Item #: 024321
    ISBN: 9780375867064
    Retail: $4.99
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    The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Nick to the jungle to learn about camouflage.

  • Item #: 024780
    ISBN: 9781433680588
    Retail: $19.99
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    Read to them is exactly what you'll want to do with this lavishly illustrated Bible storybook. Forty-five stories from both the Old and New Testaments are told using child-level vocabulary but with detail and accuracy. Scripture references for each story are provided. Story size ranges from two to six pages and each includes a two-page full-color illustrative spread plus additional pictures on almost every page. The illustrations are beautiful – brilliantly colored – and while technically "cartoon-like" there is still great detail and realism. Extras include a brief introduction to both the Old and New Testaments plus The Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer. Page quality is heavy-weight and glossy. 7" x 9" x 1," 271 pgs, hb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 053271
    ISBN: 9780399535246
    Retail: $15.00
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    Everyone likes stories, but not everyone likes to read. The full title of this book is actually "Everything you need to know to raise a child who loves to read. 101 books kids will want to read and talk about." When a child says that a book is boring, it is often because they didn't get it. They need books that speak to their emotional maturity. Here parents will learn conversational reading. This book has reading suggestions and more. You will see conversation starters to go with the stories listed (who, what, where, when and why). Then the author gives you some "out of the book" questions on topics like curiosity or gratitude, and some suggestions for stories with similar themes. You may or may not be familiar with the books listed, but venturing beyond your favorites will serve to broaden your horizons. Getting the discussions going with your children about what they are reading seems to be the key point here. The books are listed by age level, and there are subject groupings in the back. A valuable resource for any family that wants to bring quality, age-appropriate literature into their home. 270 pgs, pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 011261
    ISBN: 9780618153213
    Retail: $6.95
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    Introduce children to Roman numerals with this fun counting book. Each numeral is introduced, and then children count the pigs in the accompanying picture to find out the value of the numeral. This continues for 100, 200, 300, and even 1,000 - if you care to count all those pigs (I confess, I had to just out of curiosity, although I didn't count the M page, as I couldn't tell if it held just one thousand pigs, or even MM or MMM pigs - even I'm not THAT curious). The text gives tips on how to read numerals, and when to add and subtract them to get the right number. At the end of the book, several pages offer a number (in Roman numerals, of course) of objects in a picture. Children can find and count these objects for additional practice. A very cute way to learn the Roman numerals. - Melissa

  • Item #: 002167
    ISBN: 9780310920083
    Retail: $17.99
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    This was Mark's very favorite book when he first began reading. It literally accompanied him everywhere, as he determined to read it from cover to cover - and he did, several times (most of it out loud, so Bob and I developed an appreciation for its content). It's based on the NIV version of the Bible with captivating text and lively artwork retelling 106 of the best-loved Bible stories so that young readers can easily read and understand them.

  • Item #: 012055
    ISBN: 9780517588376
    Retail: $16.00
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    In this great book you will find timeless stories that have been retold through generations. Many stories from Greek and Roman mythology are included, as are tales from the Illiad and the Odyssey. The book is intended for adults to read to children, but older children could easily read it themselves and adults will find the stories interesting as well. The book is divided into two sections, one for ages five and up, and one for ages eight and up. The first section includes 19 myths, including The Gift of Athena, The Origin of the Seasons, Pegasus the Winged Horse, Cupid and Pschye, and Jason and the Golden Fleece. The second section includes twenty stories, including Perseus and the Gorgon's Head, The Riddle of the Sphinx, The Story of Helen of Troy, The Gods Take Sides, The Wooden Horse, and Aeneas Visits the Lower World. Preceding each myth is a list of vocabulary words and definitions, and pronunciation of difficult words is integrated into the text itself. Excerpts are also included that share how words have entered our language through these stories. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 026831
    ISBN: 9781934649206
    Retail: $7.95
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    "But I don't know what to write about." This fun book holds the answer to that problem, as the student will be writing about what he knows best – himself! The 78 pages are filled with tons of questions for the student to complete – physical and personality traits, talents, food and entertainment preferences, scary things, good books, travels, etc. Some of these are single word answers, some a sentence or two, some require drawing. The book is geared to help the student loosen up and start thinking about himself, his likes and dislikes, his preferences. After the student answers the questions, he has the outline for completing a writing assignment. Because of the large number of questions covered in the book, lots of writing assignments could be gleaned from the book. Although the suggested grade range is 4-7, I think younger children would really enjoy the project with a little help from Mom and Dad. When the book is done, you have a great keepsake about your child. - Laura

  • Item #: 015418
    ISBN: 9780941995375
    Retail: $22.95
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    Here's a quick, proven, inexpensive way to measure the reading grade level of your student(s) privately. A one-time investment, this 380 word test is easy to administer and score, can be done in less than 15 minutes, and will tell at what grade level (1-12) your student is reading. Any reading problems are easily detected, allowing you to provide any needed remediation. Another 380 word test to use after your remedial work is administered is also provided, so you can check for improvement/correction. 5 copies of each test ("before" and "after") are included, along with information about the background of the test, an explanation of how it works, and how to score it. First and second graders can be tested using the beginning part of the test, but the overall test is intended for third grade and up.

  • Item #: 044795
    ISBN: 9780310733195
    Retail: $9.99
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    Written for the tween' crowd, this book is full of information in the areas of puberty and beauty care. Part I is Body Talk' and answers the questions in ten chapters that mini-women' have asked about puberty. Part II, Beauty Matters,' addresses skin care, hair care, foot care, and more.

    What makes this book a bit different is the way the information is presented. Girls don't just read; the chapters are divided into sub points with things to do. In every chapter, you will find "Here's the Deal" that presents a lot of information. "That is So Me" offers quizzes to help the reader figure things out and make decisions. "Got God?" tells what the Bible says on the different issues. "You Can Do It" is a crafty thing to make or an activity to reinforce the content. "That's What I'm Talkin' About" is a place where you will write or draw or journal. "Mini-Women Say" are quotes from other tween girls. "Just So You Know" are fun facts for conversational purposes. "Who, Me?" is a quick activity to help the reader see how all the information can help. This is a pretty meaty book, 427 pages, black and white, but easy to read because of the short sections. Nancy Rue, author, has a website (faithgirlz.com) with a lot of additional information for girls and moms. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006728
    ISBN: 9781888344165
    Retail: $20.00
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    Do you want a reading program without a reading curriculum? Or maybe a reading program in which the kids enjoy the "great" books, discuss them at the dinner table, and don't even realize they're in a reading "program"? If either answer is yes, this book is for you. And I do mean for you. Reading Strands is designed for the teacher to use. It shows you how to teach your children to appreciate fiction. Author Dave Marks wants our children to develop a love for reading, first and foremost. Reading should be fun for a child, something he/she eagerly looks forward to. They need to share their reading experience and enjoyment with others, also. Those around them need to express an interest in what they're reading and their opinion of what they've read. Through oral discussion, Dave shows us how to help our children get more out of reading and begin to read for deeper understanding. Reading Strands contains simple Socratic dialogue samples, based on Bloom's taxonomy, showing you how to discuss fiction with your children based on their age level. Literary components and terms are explained so that you can, at appropriate age levels, discuss these intelligently with your children. Mr. Marks also cautions us that, to some extent, "you are what you read." He wants us to become serious about selecting the types of reading materials we want our children to "consume" based on what kind of people we want them to become. To aid us in selecting books, Reading Strands contains numerous reading lists: suggested books based on grade level, a graded list of books popular with reading teachers, a listing of children's favorite books, Coretta Scott King Award Books, Caldecott Medal winners, Newbery Medal winners, Children's Library recommendations, and a list of Great Classics. Whew! Even if you didn't use this approach as your basic reading program, employing the ideas contained in Reading Strands would greatly enhance your children's overall enjoyment and understanding of literature. 138 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 064233
    ISBN: 9781770854949
    Retail: $12.95
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       Do you ever wonder how things work? This book offers explanations, but in a visual and textual format. How do we get electricity in our homes? How does a letter travel through the mail? How does a 3D printer work?  Find out how 27 different things happen or work by following the numbered path around the page. Each topic covers a two-page spread and some of the pages fold out for an even bigger explanation. A large diagram or cross-section is in the middle of the explanation and little people are illustrated working inside of it. For example, the 3D printer shows all the parts on the inside and outside and little people make the parts move and do the work – kind of a humorous element to the explanation. There is so much to see and read on each page, you will see something different each time through. This book is 80 pages of illustrations, information, and new vocabulary. If you’re curious about where your trash goes, how your vacuum cleaner works, and of course how your cell phone functions, you will love this book. Age range is grades 3 through 7, but enjoyable by all ages. ~ 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 #: 057864
    Retail: $19.99
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    Ten video lessons in Koine Greek and it's fun? You bet! Host Todd Friel admits to being the worst Greek student ever, so you know he is going to put a humorous spin on the lessons that will make them inviting to your students (and you!) His enthusiasm for spreading the gospel through the Greek language is infectious. You begin with memorizing the alphabet, and then examine the structure of the language itself. (Koine Greek, as opposed to Classical Greek, was the language known by the common people in the time of Jesus.) This would be fun to do in a homeschool or study group. Gain a better understanding of the Bible as you learn to reconcile differences among Bible translations. Use it as a primer (introduction) and then go into level 1 of a Greek program. The focus is not on specific translation skills, but on learning about the language. 150 min. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 064231
    ISBN: 9780920668375
    Retail: $5.95
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      If you are not familiar with this poignant book, I entreat you to add this to your family library. This was one read aloud that my children begged to hear and one that they continue to quote today as adults. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” A mother’s heart for her son from infancy throughout all the stages of childhood and manhood is the heart of this story, but as mother’s health fails, a son realizes that it is not only his mother’s love that is forever, but also his love for her and his own newborn daughter. Lovely illustrations, 32 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 047988
    ISBN: 9781426323478
    Retail: $4.99
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  • Item #: 037037
    ISBN: 9781423102953
    Retail: $9.99
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  • 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 #: 048135
    ISBN: 9780060546670
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.95
    When Nick takes his kitten, Mittens, for a walk, Mittens spots a butterfly and wants to follow it everywhere! Can Nick keep up?
  • Item #: 036997
    ISBN: 9781423114116
    Retail: $9.99
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  • Item #: 052470
    ISBN: 9781629146317
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.78

    Easily one of the most inviting and exciting science experiment resources I have seen in awhile, this volume by Vicki Cobb and Kathy Darling is packed with "showstopper" experiments and science "bets." First of all, you get your money's worth. The price is great for over 300 full-color, glossy pages and I haven't even gotten to the content! The eight chapters feature experiments on the human body, experiments to do outdoors, experiments to try in public places, water and fluid-based experiments, experiments on energy, experiments on matter, experiments with forces, and math-related experiments. Many activities are quick and easy to do, requiring few supplies and typically only common household objects. Here's a quick sampling, just to give you an idea of the types of activities and the range: "betting" students can't crumple up a sheet of newspaper with one hand, making coins feel heavier by chilling them, looking for the secret markings on license plates, capturing hidden fingerprints with Krazy Glue, using thermonuclear energy to bust a balloon, hypnotize frogs with a belly rub, holding a slime mold "race," speeding up a merry-go-round by shifting your weight, trying to blow out a candle through a funnel, making an egg climb a waterfall, writing secret messages with laundry detergent, attracting a dollar bill with a magnet, using a hammer to slice an apple in midair, and much, much more. The presentation is exciting and fast-paced, yet simple. The directions are straightforward and the explanations are clear and to the point. With the "bet you can" and "bet you can't" call-outs in plenty of activities, this may be one that kids will pull off the shelf on their own. 322 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 036438
    ISBN: 9780195167542
    Retail: $65.00
    Rainbow Price: $26.95
    "He's wired differently!" Hearing my friend give this explanation for the learning differences of her son made me uneasy. I was afraid she was in denial. However, Dr. Stan Goldberg in this 313-page book presents a similar theory. Rather than looking for someone to blame (bad parenting, poor motivation, or some sort of syndrome), recent brain research findings point to a neurological cause for many learning problems. More importantly, preliminary research shows that these brain functions can change when certain early intervention strategies are used. Noting that how we label something - in this case, "a difference," "a problem," "a disorder" or "a disability" - impacts our approach, it's not surprising that Dr. Goldberg chooses to ignore customary learning disability labels and rather focus on "differences" and how to prevent their becoming "problems."

    Learning has several components: attending, understanding, storing information, retrieving information, and usage. Parents are typically the first to sense that one or more of these components aren't functioning at appropriate levels. They know instinctively when their young child's learning "wiring" is different. Typical responses to this knowledge includes 1) worry without knowing what to do; 2) ignore it and hope it won't cause a problem; 3) assume the school is prepared to accommodate the problem; 4) seek professional help; and 5) try to do things now so differences won't become problems. While this book assumes that public school is in the child's future, it presents a thorough and very pragmatic collection of learning strategies, detours, and "new holes" designed to correct or minimize the "faulty wiring" at the earliest possible time - the preschool years. Starting from the assumption that parents armed with knowledge and skillful techniques can partner with their children in order to ensure ultimate learning success, Dr. Goldberg counteracts the marginalization of parents that routinely infects professional treatises on learning. And it's a refreshing change!

    Starting early creates a bridge between the supportive home environment and the increased demands of institutionalized learning as well as lessening the emotional problems that often result from being a square "peg" in the round institutional learning "hole". Rather than addressing the question of whether to continue the child's educational experience in the supportive home environment (we have other books which do that), Dr. Goldberg provides step-by-step suggestions on how to effectively counteract the various types of informational processing problems. These strategies give parents powerful tools. While the targeted scope of this book is the preschool years, an astute homeschooling parent can easily see the applications to later educational challenges (i.e. elementary years). The strategies themselves read like a lesson in common sense - a good design, advance instruction, making learning positive, doing it often, using little steps, monitoring, and providing feedback. Nevertheless, an incredible wealth is contained in each of the three chapters that detail specifics for each aspect of learning - attention, understanding, and storage, retrieval, and usage. As one who prefers to have things translated from "here's the idea" to "here's what it looks like," I appreciate the many illustrating examples that are used.

    So, who will find this book useful? A parent who suspects that her child will face educational challenges because of the way she or he is wired and is looking for ways to be proactive during the preschool years. Or any parent who wants to prepare her child to be an active and successful learner. ~ Janice