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  • Item #: 025001
    ISBN: 9780060511050
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    Amelia Bedelia is a little nervous about babysitting, but Mrs. Rogers assures her that she will do just fine. Luckily, when Amelia Bedelia gets to her babysitting job, Mrs. Lane leaves her with a list of things to do for Missy, the baby. In characteristic Amelia Bedelia style, she follows that list to the letter!
  • Item #: 067921
    ISBN: 9781938700293
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    A record, a challenge, an encouragement! This little hardback reading log is all of these. The challenge is to read (and record) 1000 books to your young children. The first few pages provide a little nudge of “you can do this” encouragement along with space to record your child’s firsts and favorites. The log pages have numbered lines (the number per page varies) and tidbits of encouragement and quotes. The plentiful illustrations are young-child oriented and fun. (One father robin holds a brightly colored umbrella and his baby robin wears galoshes.) Sprinkled through the book are a few pages of preschool education nuggets. The book concludes with a list of kindergarten skills, a top 10 favorite books page and a congratulations page. A pocket on the inside back cover provides milestone (every 200 books) stickers and an accordion growth chart that links height with number of books “read.” What a wonderful resource and keepsake to build together over time! ~ Janice

  • Item #: 035651
    ISBN: 9780060094614
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  • Item #: 057932
    ISBN: 9781893791114
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    A special little journal where your child or student can record book titles, authors, # of pages, date read, draw a little picture and write a few sentences about the story. It has a paper cover, so it is an inexpensive option for a classroom. I think this would be one of those little items parents keep to look back on to see what your student liked at a certain age. Do one every year! It has space to write about 29 books. Green cover, 7.5x9" 28pp ~Sara

  • Item #: 013797
    ISBN: 9780764223419
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    Written by minister and bestselling author Larry Christenson, this beautifully illustrated book presents a tasteful approach to families, babies, and sexual intimacy from a wholesome, Christian perspective. Arguing that it is ideal for a child to learn about such a delicate subject under the guidance of his parents, rather than from outside sources, Rev. Christenson has presented this book as a tool by which parents can impart to their children an attitude of reverence for God's gift of life and intimacy.

    As I read this book, I found myself particularly impressed, not only by the thoughtfully written text, but also by the wonderful full-color illustrations! Cheri Bladholm is to be commended for the artful way in which she has captured, on paper, the essence of God's design for families. A father and son making "goofy" faces as they brush their teeth together; a teenage boy and girl taking time to play "dolls" with their little brother and sister, a husband and wife entwined in a loving embrace; these are just a few examples of the heartwarming depictions of family life that grace each page. With their soft hues and textures, these lovely pictures perfectly complement the text in a tribute to the sanctity of human life.

    Designed to "grow" with your child, this book is written with two scenarios in mind: 1) A parent reading the book aloud to a small child. The illustrations and large-print verse are intended for small children, ages three to eight. 2) An older child reading the book to himself. The smaller-print paragraphs on each page present additional material for children over eight years old. If preferred, these sections may also be read by the parent, or with parental supervision. A wonderful way to begin presenting the information, feelings, and attitudes you would like to share with your children about the truly wonderful ways babies are made. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 006728
    ISBN: 9781888344165
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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 #: 015418
    ISBN: 9780941995375
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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 #: 028516
    ISBN: 9780061478215
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  • Item #: 036222
    ISBN: 9780071440431
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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 #: 035649
    ISBN: 9780060584139
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    Poor Baby Chipmunk is all alone, and when its mother doesn't come back, the Bears decide to take care of it. Soon Baby Chipmunk is into all sorts of trouble!

  • Item #: 047051
    ISBN: 9781583333341
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    This book is subtitled, The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child – and All the Best Times to Read Them. The goal of the author is to help you create great memories reading with your children, using books especially suited for the child's age or the circumstance. Special circumstances, or themes, include a new baby, overcoming adversity, adoption, birthdays, bad days, death, divorce, loneliness, learning new things, loving music, spirituality, sleepovers, making a mistake, and many more. The age categories are: birth-2, 2-3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Part 1 explains why we must read to our children, the four keys to helping children become lifelong learners, and more. Part 2 covers how to read aloud and the recommendations by age level. Part 3 covers how to make best use of the 50 themes and recommendations for each theme. Over 300 titles are recommended in all, with a short synopsis, author, illustrator, copyright date and publisher. Although many of the recommended titles are classic or quality children's literature, note that some titles do not reflect a Christian worldview, and some deal with alternative lifestyles. In all situations, it is always wise to preview materials and be certain what we are passing to our children. 318 pgs, pb ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 064826
    ISBN: 9781600512810
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      Light enough to tuck into your purse, yet packed with information. Based on a classical division of readers [K-6, grammar (three groupings – K, lower and upper grammar); grades 7-9, dialectic; and grades 10-12, rhetoric], this resource gathers information from some of the favorite booklist/reading guides and provides it in a handy spreadsheet format. Books are divided into sections, authors noted, and classified as to levels (easy, average, challenging); notations (read alouds, Newberry medals and awards, Caldecott medals and awards); and genre. Special notes are added for PA history references. Poetry is grouped according to country of origin (UK or US). Pages are provided at the end of each section so you can add books. Approximately 1000 books are cataloged in this small 48 pg book, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 041633
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    These clever idea cards include 40 projects for your student and accommodate a variety of learning styles. Using Bloom's Taxonomy for levels of comprehension and the Multiple Intelligence (MI) profiles, you can choose the card that best fits your learner or push their boundaries with projects outside of his natural learning direction. If you are not familiar with the term MI, you might still recognize the intelligence categories: naturalist, musical, verbal/linguistic, interpersonal, bodily/kinesthetic, visual/spatial, existential, and intrapersonal. Bloom's categories include: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. At the bottom of each card, the relevant categories are highlighted. On the back of each card is a 16-point grading rubric. Students can use this as a guide as they complete their project, and parents/teachers can use it to assess their student's work. The cards vary in complexity and have both individual and group/partner activities centered on the elements of non-fiction such as setting, theme and tone. A small guide for using the cards and a short explanation of the MI and Bloom categories are included. Here is an example: Plot or Setting Map – Is there a location in your book that is important to the people in it? Do the people in your book travel somewhere or go on a journey? Create a map of a journey or location that is important in your book. Look at similar maps for ideas, and then create your map. The highlighted MIs for this card are logical/mathematical and visual/spatial. The Bloom levels are remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, and creating. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 001678
    ISBN: 9781883790257
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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 #: 037523
    ISBN: 9780982066607
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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 #: 009579
    ISBN: 9780684853673
    Retail: $19.99
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    Using the Phono-Graphix system presented in this book will enable you to "teach your child to read in one-tenth the time of phonics with a 100 percent success rate." That's quite a claim! Not only that, but "research conducted on this method reveals it to be the most effective remedial program available, bringing previously failed readers, 40 percent of whom had been previously diagnosed with learning disabilities, to grade level in only twelve sessions." By now you're asking, "What is it?" and "How is this method different from phonics?" The major difference is that, instead of teaching that letters "say" or "make this sound," Phono-Graphix begins with the premise that letters and letter combinations are codes that represent or stand for a sound. This is an important distinction and, if you still have an open mind, one that makes sense. As soon as you teach that "ai" says "a," you have to allow for all the exceptions to this rule. What about "ai" in "again," "said," "certain," or "mountain"? Wouldn't it be better to present "ai" as a code that could stand for different sounds in different words? In the same way that a round shape could stand for either a ball or a circle, letter combinations can stand for more than one sound. Children readily accept this. They also accept that two symbols in concert (a square and a triangle, for example) can stand for something altogether different, like a house, when the triangle is placed atop the square. Another example the author uses is the case where different letter combinations can make the same sound ("ee," "ea," "y"). They showed children pictures of different flowers. In each case, when asked what the picture showed, the children responded, "a flower." All agreed that some things can look different but still have the same name.

    Before beginning the program, you will administer pre-tests to try and pinpoint your child's skill level. However, regardless of score, the author recommends doing all the lessons. The first instructional chapter teaches the "Basic Code." Briefly, the method teaches the sounds that letters and letter combinations stand for. You do not teach letter names, but the correspondence between sounds and sound pictures. Children also learn that spoken words are made up of sounds. They learn that written words are formed by sound pictures (letters and letter combinations) that represent sounds in words. Words are read and written from left to right. They also must be able to "break up" spoken words into the individual sounds and, conversely, to blend the sounds together in words. So begins this unique instruction. Further chapters address more complex letter constructs and multisyllabic words. As noted by Kathy von Duyke in The Big Book of Home Learning (Volume 2), not much attention is given to spelling. The book is basically a how-to-read method that you can use for both beginning and remedial readers, regardless of age.

  • Item #: 000852
    ISBN: 9780940319042
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    Back in 1990, when homeschooling was still in its toddlerhood, the first edition of this book was selected as Best New Book. Aimed at the homeschooling parent, Ruth Beechick picks up where she leaves off in her ever valuable Three R's Series. Taking an in-depth, common sensible look at each of these R's (reading, writing and arithmetic), she details teaching strategies and techniques as well as giving a general scope and sequence for grades 4-8. For instance, examination of textual, imaginational, and functional reading; the mechanics of writing coupled with usage and grammar as well as the various types of writing - describing, narrating, explaining, and reasoning; and general guidelines for each grade level of math. Then she looks beyond. In each academic area - history and social studies, science and health, music and art, and the Bible - she provides helpful teaching information and methods. Dr. Beechick, a highly experienced teacher/curriculum developer, will have you saying goodbye to feelings of inadequacy and acknowledging that you CAN teach your child successfully! 388 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 029814
    ISBN: 9780143121602
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    When my sisters and I were younger, there weren't many things that could beat Dad reading to us. Although Dad worked full-time and didn't spend much time with us in the classroom, he always tried to work in reading before bedtime. The Little House books, Beverley Cleary's books, and other "classics" were always entertaining to hear aloud, even though most of us had already read them for ourselves (maybe it was Dad's voices). Author Jim Trelease was also a dad who read aloud to his kids because he enjoyed it, and because his father had read to him when he was a young boy. One day, almost by accident, he stumbled onto several realizations: most children are rarely or never read to; children that are read to tend to become livelong, avid readers; and children who don't read or are never read to often lag way behind in both their reading and verbal skills.

    The product of his investigation and research is this title, first published in 1979. Its initial purpose was to educate parents and teachers on the impact that reading aloud to children can have, as well as to suggest some excellent books for reading aloud. Now in its 7th edition, the Read-Aloud Handbook serves the same goal, with a few updated features for today's parents and educators. This hefty guide contains a lot in just ten chapters! The introduction and the first chapter make the case (very loudly!) on why parents should read to their children. The following chapters address the when's, what's, and how's of reading aloud, offering advice on the stages of reading aloud, as well as some do's and don'ts. The fifth chapter discusses Sustained Silent Reading (not lacking in most homeschools, I'm sure!), and why it naturally complements reading aloud. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of libraries, what we can learn from the successes of the Harry Potter phenomenon and Oprah's book club, the limitations of using the Internet for reading or research, and how to help the television occupy a healthier, less time-consuming place in the readers' lives. The last portion of the book, about 120 pages in length, is the "Treasury of Read-Alouds". The Treasury is helpfully divided by type of book. For "Wordless Books" and "Predictable Books" (those with sentence patterns repeated often enough to be predictable to readers), recommendations are given in a list form. For recommendations on reference books, picture books, short novels, full-length novels, poetry, anthologies, and fairy/folk tales, the featured books are listed alphabetically, and include name of author, publisher, copyright date, # of pages, what grades the book is recommended for, and a short synopsis of the storyline. Yes, there is definitely a lot here for your mind to chew on! His list of recommended books offers a great place for parents and children to start, while his informational chapters are engrossing, and adults will find them very readable as well. While I would suspect that the percentage of homeschool parents who read to their children is probably already higher than those who do not homeschool, this volume offers any parent interested in beginning to read aloud to their children an excellent place to start. - Jess

  • Item #: 037031
    ISBN: 9781402743290
    Retail: $9.95
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    This is one of the best and most complete microscope books I've ever seen. It is 143 pages of helpful information for any student who is just beginning to work with microscopes. The recommendation by the author is that students read the opening chapters of this book to be able to name the parts of a microscope, focusing, and sample preparation. Chapter one gives the safety guidelines for working with microscopes and the equipment list needed for doing the activities in this book. Chapter two explains light sources, lenses, identifying your microscope, parts of a microscope, and trouble shooting. Chapter three tells about the different types of slides and how to prepare them – wet mounts, smear slide, well slide, squash slides, staining a specimen, acetate peel, and permanent mounts. These are the chapters which lay the foundation for the rest of the book.

    Chapters 4-10 offer experiments to practice the skills taught in the first 3 chapters. Students can make their own microtome (instrument used to make thin samples for slides), view finger prints, fibers, crystals, sweat, hair, bug parts, pond water, food, and plant specimens which they will mount themselves. The book includes photomicrographs, pictures through a microscope, so students can compare their slides. Many of the things used in these experiments are from your own home, but additional equipment needed includes: microscope, blank slides, cover slips, tweezers, eye dropper, lens paper, clear plastic ruler, razor knife, nail polish, and scissors. This book would make a very good one semester course for an introduction to microscopes, or you can add it to your curriculum. Either way, microscopes are expensive pieces of equipment and students need to know how to use them correctly. The guidance and information you need are in this book. - Donna

  • Item #: 003927
    ISBN: 9780545448772
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      You can kill two birds with one stone with these efficient little “tools” for reading responses. First of all, they encourage the reading of nonfiction. Secondly, they provide an effective means for leading young students through the various aspects of responding to nonfiction. Reproducible and easy to use, each graphic organizer relates to a specific book (40 of them). Books are varied as to content, and there are 4-8 books at each of the Fauntas and Pinnell levels K through Q. With each trifold, the student is guided through several reading strategies (i.e. preview, find the main idea, identify key details, compare and contrast, analyze cause and effect, question, determine importance, use context clues, make inferences, visualize, identify author’s purpose, evaluate, synthesize, and summarize) always ending with a requested response. Each tri-fold concludes with suggestions for Extend Your Learning ideas. Providing a systematic introduction to the world of nonfiction, these trifolds are also an excellent way to cover basic reading strategies. 96 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 034593
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    Keep track of your daily Bible reading by using the checkboxes to check off the chapters you have read. Whether you are reading in order or a little here and a little there, you will know what you have read and can make your way through the whole Bible. It even lets you know that to read through the Bible in one year, read 3 chapters a day and five chapters on Sunday. There is a place on the front of this 4.5 x 7 inch folder to write your start and finish date.

  • Item #: 039702
    ISBN: 9780439640435
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    If you don't have much time to monitor your student's reading, try this reproducible book. For each of the literary elements (setting, plot, character, conflict, theme, point of view, and author's style), it includes nine activities for students to complete. Students can use the activities with any book of their (or your) choice. The reproducible activity sheets feature templates, easy-to-follow directions, grading criteria, and examples. The activities are varied, so students won't get bored completing them, and they can't fake their way through; a good understanding of the reading is needed. For example, for setting, students create a diorama of one of the key scenes in the book; for plot, students make a scrapbook of the main events in their book; for character, students compare and contrast a character with themselves by making a comparison poster; for point of view, students rewrite a part of the story from another point of view and analyze how it changes the story, and so on. Besides the activity sheets in this book, students will need a few art supplies like construction paper, markers, index cards, etc. The projects provide a great way to engage students and make sure they're getting the most out of what they are reading, without requiring much teacher help. A student contract and daily log for keeping track of reading are included. 112 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 012264
    ISBN: 9780913063026
    Retail: $27.95
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    Originally developed as a software package, the success of this simple, phonetically-based program encouraged the publication of The Reading Lesson book. The Reading Lesson is broken into 20 lessons, intended to be done side-by-side with a parent or teacher. A correlating Reading Lesson CD-ROM is available from the publisher, which features animations, audio and simple games. However, the book can be used on its own, and at this time the book is the only component we are offering.

    Lessons introduce and use specific letters and sounds. The entire alphabet is not taught at the beginning, nor is it taught in order. Letters and sounds are introduced in groups which can be used to read the corresponding simple stories. For example, Lesson One introduces c, o, s, a and t while Lesson Two features m, d and r. Each lesson contains information for the parent or teacher, words, exercises and short stories. The pacing of the lessons will depend on the child's age, and a suggested number of pages per day is provided. The authors suggest spending no more than 15 minutes on a lesson each day, so as to not exceed the child's attention span. Each page is written to both student and teacher, with instructions in small print at the top. Where letters, words, or sentences are given, small bars underneath the letters remind the reader to focus on one sound at a time, as they point at the letter (these bars disappear towards the end of the book). Gradually (with the parent modeling) the student will start to blend the sounds and read the words. The book teaches most phonetic sounds and blends; however, there are several that might be taught specificially in another course that are designated as "sight words" in this course. Only lowercase letters are taught until the 11th lesson, when several capital letters that look similar to their lowercase counterparts are introduced ('I' is also introduced here, with an explanation on its slightly different look). Other topics, such as the suffix "-ing",and apostrophes are also introduced as they are necessary, but are not covered in a great amount of depth. The emphasis here is to give the child the skills to decode and read words, so that they will "graduate" from the book with a 2nd-grade reading level. With the straightforward presentation, simple effective activities and reinforcement, this book makes the task do-able for student and teacher. Please note that there are several other companion products that are available from the publisher. To preview these, please check out www.readinglesson.com. - Jess

  • Item #: 036090
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    You can always count on games to make things fun – and when you can also reinforce reading skills, grammar skills, and sentence construction skills at the same time, you have a win-win situation. Settle back, play a game, and watch your child's language arts skills blossom. This game consists of two decks of cards which include: red cards (sentence starters), other-colored cards (sentence parts and finishers), "the" cards, animal cards, and animal reward cards. Sentences begin with red star cards. Then players follow the color-coded arrows on other cards (matching the card previously played). Sentences that have at least 5 words win an animal card. Reward cards for the animals (i.e. bowl of food, ball) are earned when a child can also read their sentence correctly. The first player to build a zoo of ten animals wins the game. Several game variations are suggested as well. If grammar or reading or beginning writing has become boringly tiresome for your young student, then it might be time to switch things up a bit. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 053963
    ISBN: 9781427654441
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    Teaching your child to read can sometimes be a challenge—so let the Reading Game lend a hand! If your child likes to be read to, is familiar with letters, and shows interest in storytime by pretending to read or wants words pointed out while reading – then you are ready for this game. This award winning game is by Kenneth Hodkinson, the author of the Wordly Wise program. This game introduces children to 180 sight words and helps them memorize and remember those words through playing a simple memory game. The sight words found in this game are taken from the Dolch Word List for PK through 1st and from "100 most commonly used English words from the Reading Teacher's Book of Lists by Fry". This game can even be used in classroom or tutoring situations since it is written to meet Common Core Reading Standards for Literature and Informational Text for Kindergarten and 1st grades.

    So, how easy is it? There are six readers that use 30 words each. There are 60 word cards (two of each word) that correspond to each book. Place ten cards (two each of five words that are listed in the Rules and Teacher's Guide) face down on the table. Two players take turns flipping the cards over until one gets a match. When a match is made, the player says the word several times in a clear voice. Do this until all five words have their match, then shuffle and play again. Play with the first set of five words until the child can read all five of them without difficulty. Repeat this same process with the next list of five words. Children are asked to read test sentences after every other word group in order to keep all the words fresh. After going through all 30 words, the child is then ready to read the story book. Follow this same procedure for the words for each of the six storybooks. Words from previous books are used along with new words in subsequent stories.

    The six storybooks found in the game are very simple to read. They are all printed in lower case letters except for the "I" and there is no punctuation. Children will know that it is the end of a sentence simply because the line ends, and breaks between sentences indicate pauses. The Reading Game includes all six storybooks and six decks of corresponding word cards (60 each) along with a Rules and Teacher's Guide. Downloadable worksheets are available at the publisher's website (thereadinggame.com) – pre/post sight word assessments, test sentence worksheets, class recording sheets for the assessments and test sentences.

    You will still want to do phonics and there is a short section of teacher's guide devoted to implementing phonics in with the material found in the game. Children will encounter sight words in everything they read, and this game will enable them to tackle some of that reading with more confidence. – Donna

  • Item #: 059791
    ISBN: 9780310736172
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.06

    Are you a FaithGirlz fan? These one-page devotionals are taken from the works of 6 different FaithGirlz writers and designed to help your daughter strengthen her faith. The book encourages awareness of their need for spiritual development by asking, “Are you ready to blossom?”

      The devotionals are organized into six sections: Growing Seeds of Faith, God’s Promises, Finding Strength in Hard Times, God Speaks to Us, A Helping Body of Believers, and The Beauty of Believing. Each devotional begins with one Scripture (taken from the Amplified, the NLT, the MSG, NASB or NKJ versions). Then the short FaithGirlz passage is written directly to the reader in a conversational way. Many pull from Biblical stories; some are just discussions that elaborate on the Scripture. After this reading, there are a few introspective questions (called Girl Talk). These questions encourage the reader to consider how Scripture can be applied in their lives. For example, “Do you think white lies are ok? If so, when does it become gray or black? “Do you ever feel ignored or unloved? What verse will you memorize now for help later?” Each day there are a couple additional Scriptures referenced for further study. The devotionals end with a scripted prayer (God Talk). This book would also work well for parent/child conversations and small teen group discussions. 5 ¼” x 8”. 423 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 049565
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    The Tote Bag is a handy place to keep everything so you can “do” reading on the sofa, at the kitchen table, at a table on the deck, or wherever your day takes you. It measures 14.5"W x 13"H x 4"D and features 24" handles and a large front pocket. Made of stain-resistant polycanvas.

  • 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 #: 026871
    ISBN: 9780310344131
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    JRR Tolkien wrote, "The wide world is about you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot forever fence it out." Children are never too young to be introduced to the fascinating world outside their neighborhood. Beginning with a vision for understanding the global culture in light of state of our world today, the author provides appealing ideas for families to bring cultures into their home.

    In the Power of a Story section, she explains that powerful stories reflect real life struggles of right and wrong, help our children develop compassion, and inspire our character to grow. She also provides tips on including reading as a natural part of family life. The 2nd part of the book focuses on reading lists by location (Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and Australia/Oceania and Polar Regions) and age group (4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12 years). Reading lists include short descriptions and notations about religious content. The recommendations in this book will bring a fresh enthusiasm to your Geography studies! Index of titles in back for easy reference. 226 pgs. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 026217
    ISBN: 9780794508531
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.19

    Even though there are lots of mysteries left about how the brain works, scientists have discovered a lot about this amazing part of the body. In a friendly and entertaining way, this book gives a very good overview of the brain, including the anatomy of the brain, components of the brain, how the brain develops over time, intelligence, eyesight, memory, mental illness, drugs that effect the brain, animal brains compared to humans, computers compared to humans, how the brain functions, the history of how we came to know about the brain, and more. It really is a good overview, with a solid amount of information given on each page. This is accomplished by using full-color, cartoony illustrations, speech and thought bubbles, information boxes, fact-filled captions, and short paragraphs that get right to the point. The illustrations and speech bubbles add a lot of humor to the book, so students will enjoy perusing it just for fun. It's also good because it gives you some great examples of how the brain works by providing real-life examples students can relate to that deal with the brain, and even a few puzzles to solve that will require the use of brain power. Like many Usborne books, this one includes quicklinks, which are recommended website links that explain more about a specific topic, give examples, or provide a fun activity dealing with the topic. Even without the links, this book is full of fascinating and fun-to-read information about the brain. By Rebecca Treays, 32 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel