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  • Item #: 002240
    ISBN: 9781602005228
    Retail: $39.99
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    That proverbial talk about the “birds and the bees.” You know you need to do it. Teaching your children about God’s plan for sex and all the male/female interaction that leads up to it is part of what it means to bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And you want to do it – sort of. It’s just that it’s so very uncomfortable – and you don’t know what to say – and there might be questions asked that make you ashamed or guilty. . .  Dennis and Barbara Rainey (parents of six) of Family Life Ministries know you need “a plan” and they’ve provided a lovely one – a getaway weekend kit complete with instructions for you, guidelines for what to do, excellent speakers to get the difficult words out in the open by offering interesting audio sessions, an engaging format, a solid study of Biblical values, and enjoyable scripture songs.

      The goal of this program is to encourage and empower parents to discuss the difficult topics of intimacy, sexual behavior, and personal feelings that are facing their children as they enter the preteen years. To give parents the tools they need to both challenge their sons and daughters as they enter the pathway to Christian adulthood as well as provide the foundation for future discussions and sharing. To build a mentoring relationship with your children that continues past the weekend and into all the years leading up to adulthood.

      Preteen? Isn’t that jumping the gun a bit for the birds and the bees? Not in today’s culture. It’s literally everywhere around us – and now in ways unimagined by all previous generations. This program is designed to set the stage for a close parent/child relationship as the child moves into this period. Topics are handled biblically, carefully, and tastefully. Some topics are left optional for the parent.

      A weekend getaway. That’s the general setting. One child – with the parent all to himself (boys with fathers; girls with mothers) – doing an activity of his choice that he loves to do and spending time listening to “talks” and working through study material together. It’s a wonderful affirmation that the love of the parent can transcend the upcoming changes that the child will be experiencing.

      There are five audio sessions and one optional session: 1) the adolescent experience, 2) how to handle peer pressure, 3) changes that are ahead (God’s design for sex), 4) purity (protecting sexual innocence), and 5) dating (properly engaging with the opposite sex). The optional session covers really delicate issues (masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction) and can be inserted after the fourth session and before the fifth if the parent chooses,

      The Getaway Kit provides the necessary framework: a tour guide for the parent, travel journal for the preteen including 25 follow-up devotions, CDs containing 5 sessions, scripture memory songs and downloadable MP3s of all sessions.

      The Tour Guide is for the parent – basically a leader’s guide for this very focused Bible study. This little manual includes sections on planning the getaway, an itinerary for the weekend, a suggested schedule, preparation checklists (and needed supplies), guidelines for writing a note to your son/daughter, and very specific suggestions for praying for your son/daughter. Also included is a page-for-page reproduction of the Travel Journal (accent color rather than full color) so you can work through it with your son/daughter.

      The Travel Journal is for your son/daughter and is designed as a companion for the experiences of the weekend. With a travel theme and an engaging appearance, it provides a place to write notes (from the talks), thoughts, and answers to questions as well as the guidelines for godly Christian living provided by this study material. There are 25 follow-up devotions that continue with a similar theme and help strengthen the biblical core of the young adult’s understanding of the various issues. This is a nicely done keepsake book with a hardcover, full-color graphics, and an elastic strap for place-keeping.

      The CD Set provides the core material for the heart of the weekend and the program. Eight CDs provide the weekend talk sessions. These sessions feature scripture memory songs, dramatic vignettes, humorous features, real-life stories from teens and adults, and lots of teaching from parents and experts that have “been there, done that.” Songs are CCM-type of music with understandable lyrics, singable melodies, and full instrumentation backup.

      Having “that” talk with your children may never be entirely comfortable, but this kit gives you a plan; the certainty of godly, biblical content; and the promise of enjoyable memories. 

  • Item #: 022285
    ISBN: 9781609990831
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    I am excited that Ray and Charlene Notgrass have written this excellent, one year world history course! While many families enjoy a chronological, multi-year approach to world history, others prefer to study history in a more traditional manner-one year at a time. Written in the engaging narrative ‘voice’ that has made the Notgrass courses beloved by many homeschool families, this new World History begins at the very foundation of our Christian foundation- Adam and journeys to the end of the 20th century, with a final unit on our interconnected world (from the thrill of world-wide sporting events to turmoil in the Middle East).

    Containing 30 units, with 5 lessons per unit, this course will take students one year to complete. It is anticipated that daily lessons will take 45-90 minutes per day, although it is naturally flexible for homeschool families to set their own pace. While the target grade range is 5 through 8, families with younger children will find this a perfect ‘read aloud’ curriculum, as the text has been clearly and engagingly written.

    Let me give a bit of an example of how the unit lessons are laid out. At the start of each unit, there is a brief introduction to the lessons including the recommended literature selection to accompany the reading. Each weekly unit has one lesson from each of five categories: Our World Story (major events in history); God’s Wonders (impact of the world’s created wonders on history and culture); World Landmarks; World Biography of some of history’s most influential personalities and Daily Life (an inside view of everyday life). Daily lessons are richly illustrated with graphics and photographs, including maps of historic places and regions. At the conclusion of each lesson (approximately 5-8 pages), parents and children will select assignments to complete from a list of 5-7 assignments. Older students may be able to complete all the activities-but again- there is built-in flexibility for your individual family’s needs. Assignments include readings from the Our Creative World book (collection of original documents); Map Book assignments; Timeline Book assignments; assignments from the Student Workbook and Lesson Review Book (optional resources), as well as language arts assignments covering vocabulary, creative writing, literature selections. Thinking Biblically assignments are also included with most lessons and are designed to engage students in applying Scripture to history and life. Each unit also provides a suggested weekly family activity-projects vary and include arts and crafts, recipes and games. Materials are easily found for the projects and are designed to bring the family together to enjoy time together building memories.

    Curriculum package contains From Adam to Us Part 1 & 2; Our Creative World, Map Book, Timeline Book and the Answer Key to end of the lessons questions as well as the activities and tests in the Student Workbook and the questions and tests in the Lesson Review. Although it is possible to share the Map and Timeline books, they are available separately, allowing each child to have their own copy. I suspect that most children will be eager to create their own map and timeline.

    If you would like to add more supplemental instruction or review, consider the Student Workbook (5th-6th grade) or the Lesson Review (7th-8th grades). Both include additional assignments that correspond to the daily lesson as well as unit tests and questions related to the literature selections. Most literature based questions are recall based. However, there are a smattering of higher level thinking questions.

    Middle school children will be enthralled as they view world history through the lens of a Creator God who is alive and active, from the very foundation of our world through present day. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 016429
    ISBN: 9780743971034
    Retail: $15.99
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    This book will help you to develop Christian character in your children. 13 units focus on honoring God, respecting others, telling the truth, self-control, kindness, obeying rules, forgiveness, responsibility, patience, loving everyone, apologizing, thankfulness, and sharing. Every unit holds 10-11 pages of stories and activities for that value. A poster for that trait starts each chapter, along with games, songs and a craft. Then there is a Bible lesson , such as the story of Jonah for "saying I'm sorry," and an application lesson - a real life situation story in which fictional children learn the lesson. A few activities are included for each lesson, such as following directions, puzzles, crosswords, and other practical, original exercises. Every unit ends with a "My Contract" page, where kids can decide to sign a contract to try and do better in that area. Although you can use this with just one child, I think it would also work well for a Sunday school class or group of children, as it is reproducible and several of the activities and games utilize "teamwork." ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 013797
    ISBN: 9780764223419
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 010305
    ISBN: 9780970027306
    Retail: $13.95
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    Having a close relationship with your daughter is very important. Every child needs someone to look up to, and a girl's mom is the ideal person to be a mentor to her. The better relationship you keep with your daughter, the more comfortable she will be asking you questions and talking to you about her life. This book was created to help bring you and your daughter closer together. Spending time together, of course, is an essential part of having a good relationship, and this book allows you to get together and discuss important aspects of a girl's life and pass along your Christian values. This book covers those hard-to-broach subjects including her changing body, relationships, friendships with boys, and love nature. You and your daughter can discuss the value of good books, life's work, ideals, the Christian life, repentance, trusting Jesus as your savior, and the importance of prayer. It will also help your daughter to develop character traits such as obedience, modesty, truthfulness, and a sunny disposition. The 32 chapters provide discussion questions for each chapter of Beautiful Girlhood, and also incorporate Scripture into your study with Bible activities and life applications. There are also inspirational quotes, writing topics, and blank pages for journaling so that your daughter can record what she has learned to make a cherished keepsake of your time together. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 008979
    ISBN: 9780310242468
    Retail: $18.99
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    Now in its 4th edition, Gladys Hunt's book has encouraged thousands of families to reap the benefits of quality literature. Gladys wrote Honey for a Child's Heart to help others experience the same influence that reading books both separately and together has had on her family. In the first section of this book, she offers advice on "using books to help children grow." Through the chapters in this section she emphasizes the way that quality literature affects children, provides tips on raising a reader, helps you learn how to select good books and stories for your children, and discusses the merits of reading aloud together. She also explores in depth the question "What Makes a Good Book?" and discusses fantasy vs. realism and poetry before talking about the influences on your children from various sources. Gladys also provides a chapter in this section encouraging family Bible reading, warmly sharing on how to integrate it into your daily life and why it is so important. The second half of this volume, aptly sub-titled "Books your children should have the opportunity to enjoy," features lists of quality literature for different age levels and interests. These lists are organized by author and then title with brief descriptions of each book. Thirteen chapters recommend books for children age 0-3; picture book classics and more favorite picture books for 4-8 year olds; first books for beginning readers, classic children's novels, more great books for intermediate readers, stories for animal lovers, historical novels, and fantasy novels, all geared towards 9-12 year olds; young adult novels for ages 12-14; and worthwhile poetry, Bible and Christian truths storybooks, and books for special occasions. 251 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 070260
    ISBN: 9780991468003
    Retail: $16.95
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      This is a collection of stories to inspire you as a homeschooler. You already know what you are doing is of lasting value, but it can help refresh your energy to read some good anecdotes from others who have been through it. You have been gifted with these children. The content is reminiscent and contemporary, and I enjoyed reading both perspectives from author Chris Davis (now in his 70s). He talks a lot about parenting and life in general using his successes and his shortcomings in the very readable stories. You could open to any page and read there, or start at the beginning. I found the information more broad which leaves you, the reader, to fill in the specifics relevant to your family. sc, 207pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 068594
    ISBN: 9780890519776
    Retail: $14.99
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       This Ken Ham, kid-friendly, lift-the-flap book tells the story of the ‘special door’ that leads to salvation. Every page is filled with colorful illustrations, and the flaps reveal the written story in a lyrical, rhyming fashion. The 17 different flaps (doors) are a bit larger for small hands and will keep your child engaged. Introduce your children to the life-changing story of Jesus. 24 pgs, hc. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 067876
    ISBN: 9781940110905
    Retail: $33.00
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     Have a child who wants (or needs!) more real-life experience but not sure where to begin? This insightful resource from Apologia provides the vision and purpose of internships and step by step directions for success. Simply defined, an internship is an opportunity for students to gain practical career experience and skills in a potential career path. While often unpaid, these provide excellent opportunities to determine if a job fits one’s personality and gifts, while also providing marketable job skills and bolstering college applications or job resumes.

      Part 1 walks the student through choosing an internship type and which company to intern with, writing a resume and letter of introduction and preparing for the interview.

      Part 2 is written to you, the parent. You will learn how support your child in choosing an internship location along with applicable child labor laws and transcript and credit information.

      Parts 3-5 document the experience. These sections are divided into 2 semesters and a course wrap up. Included are weekly activity worksheets, mid-term and end of semester evaluation forms to be completed by a supervisor, semester summary and more. The course wrap up also includes a final writing assignment, sample thank you note, and information on obtaining a letter of recommendation and tips to update the resume.

      Additional resources target guidance counselors, making this a valuable resource for home and Christian schools. Encouraging quotes and Scripture verses throughout. Spiral Bound. Non-reproducible. 99 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 065158
    ISBN: 9780802413871
    Retail: $12.99
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     This felt like a book of reminders to do those things we often forget to do with/for our children because we get too busy with life: slow down, pay attention, remember that your word choices matter, look for the positive, and get to know your kids as individuals. We can all use some perspective and encouragement from time to time. Dr. Todd Cartmell gives real life examples, of the good and bad, in 5 short chapters – because parents get busy! Take a little time for yourself and read something that will benefit everyone in the house. You can even take an online assessment to see areas where you can make improvement. Hearts at Home, Moody Publishers, sc, 200 pp ~ Sara

  • Item #: 063689
    ISBN: 9780736960311
    Retail: $12.99
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    Ladies, if you give your husband one gift this year, I encourage you to give him a copy of this book. As a mom and wife, skimming the chapter titles and activities, I am inclined to sigh and think ‘but it is so obvious’. And maybe it is, if we are with our children 24/7, which is the lifestyle often given to us as homeschooling moms. But, not so our husbands. Our men frequently work outside the home and while they may have their fingers on the pulse of the home front, they are often not intrinsically involved in the daily emotions and experiences. Begin with a brief quiz to assess the current state of open communication between Dad and children. The book then introduces a three-part plan: entering your child’s world; earning the right to be heard and clarifying you own perspective before introducing the 10 conversations. Priority conversations include family; competition; creativity; big-picture thinking; work; money; laughter; love, sex and marriage; decision making and eternity. Each conversation is presented with clarity, and practical tips and helpful insights, related scripture and questions to get the conversation started. Dads will approach the non-threatening presentation, gentle coaching, fresh ideas and real life stories. Excellent for a men’s study group or for personal study. 185 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 062794
    ISBN: 9781476718712
    Retail: $15.99
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    When reading any book, and particularly one on parenting, you want to know that the author knows what he is talking about. John Rosemond has all the bases covered here: the education, the real world experience, the heart, and he and his wife have raised two kids of their own. As he puts it, he is “not a Christian psychologist,” but “a Christian who holds a license to practice psychology.” John was the rare person in his field who did not follow the latest fad in psychology, which he found increasingly baseless. Instead, he taught common sense, time-tested, Biblical methods of parenting because they tend to work well.

    After sufficiently hammering home the point in the first four chapters that much of the advice coming from the professional psychology community on parenting is without merit, John gets into what does work. Marriage is foundational to the family, and the husband and wife’s relationship with each other must be kept strong, with relationships to the children being secondary. Parents need to be of one mind in their child-rearing methods. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; it is the parent’s job to set the child straight and instill humility. Have a vision for the success of the child. Increase the amount of responsibility given to the child as he matures. Discipline, including punishment, is necessary to instill obedience. Let your yes be your yes and your no be your no.

    There, I’ve given you the essence of the book, but the author makes the case so much more fluently. Dr. Kevin Leman sums it up: “This is the best commonsense guide to parenting I’ve read in a long time.

  • Item #: 059791
    ISBN: 9780310736172
    Retail: $12.99
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    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 #: 044000
    ISBN: 9780310277439
    Retail: $14.99
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    Social networking websites (MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, etc.) have become a huge part of how kids communicate with their peers and express themselves. While there are some risks associated with social networking, it is nonetheless becoming more and more a part of everyday life (the book points out how it is being likened to the same kind of social change as upgrading to cars from buggies). Since it seems futile to ban kids from something that is such a large part of the world we live in, this book shows how Christian parents can make sure their kids are being safe and God-honoring online. The book is easy to read and very practical, giving parents great information about MySpace (and social sites in general), with step-by-step directions on how to use the site and see what your children have been up to. It first gives details about what exactly MySpace is, explaining why teenagers love it so much and how it is making such a change in the world. It shows you how to navigate around MySpace (and even make your own profile if you wish), with instructions any parent could follow, even if youââ‚™re not particularly computer literate. It details how teens use the sites, how to be sure your child is ready to use MySpace, safety tips to follow, and the risks versus rewards of using the sites. It even shows how many people use the sites to take a stand about issues and spread Godââ‚™s Word. There are also tips for alternatives if you ultimately decide the risks are not worth the rewards when it comes to social networking. A useful glossary of computer/MySpace terms is included. 214 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
  • Item #: 034081
    ISBN: 9781476764665
    Retail: $16.99
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    Surviving the teen years can be tough, but this "how-to" book contains seven great habits that will not only help your teen survive, but thrive! The author, Sean Covey, is the son of the infamous Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the bestselling 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book is similar in content, yet is tailored for teens and focuses on issues that they deal with. As a side note, many of the examples and illustrations focus in on issues that often arise within the public school system; however, most of the principles and advice given will still be greatly beneficial to homeschooled students, as well. Maybe your teen isn't an avid reader, but watch them devour this book as Sean Covey's animated writing style not only entertains them, but gets them thinking about their life and helps them start making some good decisions. The seven habits that are covered begins with "private victories" as your teen learns how to be proactive, begin with the end in mind, and how to put first things first, which all focus on what Covey likes to call "self-mastery." Next, your teen will begin to work on "public victories" that will help them work on relationships and teamwork by thinking win-win, seeking first to understand and then to be understood, and how to synergize their life. The last habit your teen will learn is how to sharpen the saw, which will help your child in the area of personal renewal. (Be sure not to neglect this habit, as it feeds into the other six!) All in all, this book is inspirational and motivating in every aspect. As each habit is covered, your teen will be challenged to set goals and to put a plan in place to achieve them. Covey also provides your child with "baby steps" at the end of each chapter that will help get them on track to mastering each habit. If you are looking for a way to get your teen on track, then give them this book. Within this 270 page, paperback book they will learn the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals, and taking responsibility and initiative, all of which are characteristics of highly effective leaders – and these are characteristics that we want our future leaders (a.k.a. your teenager) to possess! Please note that although this book talks about some general "good" habits, it is not written from a Christian perspective. – elise

  • Item #: 026871
    ISBN: 9780310344131
    Retail: $16.99
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    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 #: 019022
    ISBN: 9781880045121
    Retail: $20.00
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    Children love stories; that's a fact! What better way to help instill biblical truths in their impressionable minds than to let them read (or listen to) stories that share those truths? First published in 1896, this collection of 113 stories taken from D.L. Moody's sermons all have one thing in common: children are at the forefront. Most of the stories are very short—some even less than a page long—but they are full of spiritual value. Some, like Hold Up Your Light and The Lost Kiss, deal with matters of character and morals or the Christian life. Others stress the importance of coming to Jesus Christ for salvation or being a witness for Him, like The Orange Boy and A Boy's Victory. Handsomely illustrated in the classic style of the late 19th century, this volume is perfectly suited to become one of your children's favorite bedtime storybooks. Reprint of 1897 original edition. 237 pgs, hc. — Chad

  • Item #: 017306
    ISBN: 9781589976771
    Retail: $14.99
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    Encourage your child to develop their faith personally with this fun devotional from Adventures in Odyssey. Each day includes a reference for your child to look up in his own Bible, the daily application, a note from one of the Adventures in Odyssey characters, and a daily challenge. Challenges include memorizing a verse, writing a poem, visiting certain Christian websites, planning acts of kindness, and more. There are also several puzzles (word finds, crosswords, and decoding) with included solutions. 218 b&w pgs, sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 004432
    ISBN: 9781880960950
    Retail: $5.00
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    What a great memorization tool for you to use with your high school aged children! The scriptures in this little booklet are taken largely from the gospel of John and they present Christ as the foundation of the Christian life (hence the title). At the beginning of the book, tips for memorization are given to help your child make the most of their time. There are twelve assignments for your child to completely memorize, and each one goes through a different aspect of Christ. This is advanced memorization, as each assignment covers several sections that can each be 2-5 verses long. The verses are printed in both the King James Version and New King James Version, so you'll have to choose which version they will memorize throughout the book. At the end of the assignment, commentary is provided to help your child understand what the verses mean. The goal is to have them be able to memorize a whole assignment and recite it back to you without any prompts! Your children will be blessed by their efforts! This first book of the series is paperback, and 96 pages. - elise
  • Item #: 003171
    ISBN: 9781601264664
    Retail: $49.99
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    A thoroughly Christian test prep course from Dr. James Stobaugh now in a completely revised and enhanced version. If your child plans to take the SAT test (or the ACT), this combination devotional, literature study, critical reading and thinking tutorial, composition practice, and test prep course is too good to pass up! It not only builds disciplined study skills in your child as he prepares for the SAT and exposes him to “classic” foundational literature, but disciples your child as well with a daily Bible study regimen that prepares him for Christian life on the college campus and beyond. This sends the sure message that daily Christian training should never take a back seat to the training of the intellect. The course consists of 150 lessons that can be completed over the course of one, two, or three years. Using the 3-year plan (which the author highly recommends), students complete one lesson per week the first year, two lessons/week the second year, and three lessons/week the third year. Under the 2-year plan, students complete three lessons per week both years. The one-year “crash course” plan has students work at the rate of one lesson/day. The 3-year plan is preferable, making it possible for your student to consume many more of the referenced literature selections. In case you’re wondering why literature is such as integral part of the course, in Dr. Stobaugh’s words, “Reading good books is the single best preparation for the SAT verbal section.”

    The three main components of the course are: the daily devotion, reading and vocabulary exercises, and math, verbal, and writing exercises. Each lesson begins with a Scripture quotation and reference that can be used as the daily devotional on lesson days. The scripture is followed by the introduction to a book to be read, or a narrative excerpt or a short essay correlated to the basic theme of the lesson, followed by a thought-provoking question. Next is devotional journal time. It is suggested that students using this course spend 30 minutes/day at devotions. A reproducible form, providing an outline for this activity, is included in the appendix. Students who are using the 2- or 3-year plans should choose from one of the targeted scriptures provided in the appendix, or select their own Scripture for meditation on days between lessons. Reading and vocabulary activities come next. It is recommended that students read an average of 30-50 pages per day. Although not mandatory, I would guess that they would want to first read the selections mentioned in the lessons, since their interest in these would probably be piqued. Just looking at the course, it seems that it would be difficult to read all of the selections referred to, especially for students beginning the course in the 10th or 11th grades.

    The author includes a bibliography representing a “comprehensive cross-section of good literature” in the appendix. These were chosen with an eye to selections made by Christian and public colleges in their literature studies and grouped for 9th/10th graders and for 11th graders. You are also free to substitute any titles with ones of your own choosing, though, again, I would guess students would want to read ones referenced in the lessons. Vocabulary words for study are often taken from these works, as well. Students are instructed to make up vocabulary cards for words presented in the lesson as well as unfamiliar words in their reading. A suggested format for these is supplied in the appendix. Lessons continue with Critical Reading passages (and questions) and Critical Thinking questions, usually related to the theme of the lesson. Every fourth lesson includes a writing assignment, again based on the theme of the most recent series of lessons. The writing assignments include all forms of writing. Lessons also contain problems to solve in preparation for the math portion of the SAT test. A kind of “last thought” for the lesson appears in the sidebar. Many of these are test-taking hints and tips for the SAT. Others are meaningful quotations or further literary introductions. These latter are usually tied to the theme of the lesson as established by the Scripture.

    A complete answer key is provided at the end of the lessons. In addition to answers for the objective questions, there are sample essays of each type assigned – very helpful in understanding the nature of the assignment. The useful Appendices include items previously mentioned plus a bibliography of critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies and a meaty section titled “Remedy for College Admission Essays Jitters”. This section includes essential information for the Christian student on surviving and thriving in a secular college setting as well as a collection of 50 sample college admission essays.

    Compared to other SAT preparation courses we carry (Cracking the SAT and Kaplan’s Guide to the SAT), this course has a totally different “feel” emphasizing long-term academic, spiritual, and mental preparation rather than intense test-taking strategy and content review. This course seems more heavily weighted toward the Verbal and Writing part of the SAT, so students might want to supplement with 100 SAT Math Tips and How to Master Them Now! or consult the Cracking the SAT book for additional test-taking strategies and tips. They should also follow Dr. Stobaugh’s advice and take a practice SAT test every two months during this time. A good source for these practice tests is the 10 Real SATs book or those included with other SAT prep books. These tests provide annotated answers (detailed explanations about why a particular answer is the correct choice). That being said, this is a quality, well-designed course that will prepare students both for challenges in college and for their daily walk as Christians. 425 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 001465
    ISBN: 9781433506017
    Retail: $17.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    When your father is a theologian, bedtime stories might become teaching sessions. Such was the case for Bethany and Rachel Ware who absorbed all the great truths of Christianity from their father, Bruce Ware, before bedtime prayers. Realizing how richly they were blessed by this experience, they encouraged their father to share his young-heart-size teachings with others and this book was born. Topics covered in his father's warm conversational tone include God's Own Life as God, God as Three in One, Creator and Ruler of All, Our Human Nature and Sin, Who Jesus Is and What He Has Done, The Holy Spirit, and Salvation. Each segment is followed by questions for thought and a Bible memory verse. Any parent could read through this with their child discussing the questions and discover that they both have been enlightened and their hearts drawn closer to God. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000354
    ISBN: 9781888827460
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.68

    “A Time Management, Organization, and Career Exploration Course for Christian Home-Schooled Teens.” A rather lengthy subtitle, but very accurate. The author of Spelling Power has placed both a learning and planning tool in the hands of teens. If you want to control your child’s educational plans for the future - skip this. But if you want to empower your teen to begin to take charge of his life - this is great! As students work through this 9-week, ¼-credit course they learn essential planning and organizational skills while constructing a plan for high school and beyond. Definitely Christian in perspective, students are encouraged to seek God’s will when setting goals and to “make time for God” when creating weekly and daily schedules. The book is interesting, well-written, and logically organized into nine main units: Establishing Goals and Setting Priorities; Create Your Tentative High School Plan; Working Out This Year’s Plan; Planning Individual Courses; Completing Assignments and Projects; Making Weekly and Daily Schedules; Keep Records of Your Accomplishments; Making Decisions About Post High School Education; Paying for College. Accompanied by a helpful array of reproducible forms, these take your students through long- and short-term goal setting, through the nuts and bolts of planning each year, down to weekly and daily scheduling, keeping records of progress, and looking into the options for the future, including college. Your student will emerge with a better, “big picture” view of his education and its relevance in his life. The author does not assume a particular philosophy of education throughout, but, rather, does an excellent job of allowing for different educational approaches and learning preferences. She explains how to include outside activities and learning experiences as coursework and translate them into credits. While it would be ideal to use this course at the outset of high school, it could be implemented any time during the high school years.

  • Item #: 002287
    ISBN: 9781602007499
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Subtitled Faith-building Ornaments for Discovering Jesus. These lovely ornaments are based on the belief that knowing 12 of Jesus’ names leads us to know and worship Him. Each ornament in this set from Family Life illustrates a name of Jesus. Use the 12-day devotional, The Twelve Days of Christmas: Who Jesus is to Me (7” x 5”, sc), to lead your family through that day’s reading. Devotionals are appropriate for all ages and are two pages in length. This book ends with a section entitled Leading a Child to Christ as an additional resource. After the devotional, hang up the corresponding ornament. The ornaments are thick (approx. 1/4”), shaped cardboard outlined in gold glitter and come with red ribbon hangers. On one side is written a name of Jesus, also represented by a full-colored picture: the Door, the Light, the Lamb of God, etc. The opposite side includes a corresponding Scripture verse. Access to additional resources is available online with the provided code. A wonderful, Christ-centered Christmas tradition to start! ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 057663
    ISBN: 9781579129569
    Retail: $19.99
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    Some art books are too young, some are too much, well this one is juuuust right for your middle schoolers. Young readers can have a look at famous artists like Van Eyck & Vermeer, Manet & Monet, Klimt & Munch as they also learn art vocabulary. Explore 32 different artists! Lots of color photos and illustrations bring the text to life. Everything from cave paintings to portraiture to learning about museums! You could read it front to back or use it as a reference when looking at a certain time period or location. It is a lovely hardcover book that is certainly gift-worthy. Inside the front cover is an 8.5 x 8.5" envelope with five coloring pages outlining works from Dali, Cassatt, Seurat, Monet, and DaVinci. Add some Prismacolor pencils and you will have one happy young artist! Hc, 96pp, 10x10". ~ Sara

  • Item #: 057186
    ISBN: 9781933410197
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    When my children were younger, every December we put aside our books and did a month-long focused study on Christmas. One year we studied the Christmas story, another Christmas traditions around the world and yet another year, we focused on the history of Christmas Carols. What I love about this unit study is that it masterfully unites each of these into one inclusive study.

    Beginning with a detailed study of the birth of Jesus, it then surveys the history of our Christmas celebrations. Designed to take an hour or more, each of the fifteen lessons includes Bible study, history, geography, science, art, poetry, grammar and the stories of Christmas carols. Children will also write (or younger ones will dictate) five essays about Jesus and what following Him means in real life. Two booklets are completed during this study: "A Baby Book for Jesus" and "Christmas Traditions Around the World." Complete instructions and a craft supply list are included. While most supplies are things you will have at home, others are easily found at your local hobby stores. Author Charlene Notgrass also includes a list of read-aloud selections, but feel free to use your family favorites to make a more memorable Christmas experience. Books are consumable; each child will need his own copy. Lesson recommendations and answer key included. Spiral Bound. Scripture references NASB. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 050547
    ISBN: 9781937032043
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.00

    According to Professor Schmidt, this book is "mandatory for those who need it" and he claims, "If your cat can work through all the problems in this book, your cat can teach Beginning Algebra at any school in the nation". While those two claims seem true, I have serious doubts about the title. Although I haven't counted them, I suspect the good professor is exaggerating a bit. The book does offer additional problems for each section of each chapter of Beginning Algebra, along with complete (step by step) solutions to them. While clear from the introduction that Prof. Schmidt considers these unnecessary, I say, "Hurray!" No more rooting around in other books for some specific extra problems that your child needs extra practice with. I especially appreciate the inclusion of word problems as I remember this being a concept that Janine needed a little more experience with.

  • Item #: 026912
    ISBN: 9780486451787
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.50

    If your child just can't get enough horses to read about and color, this "big book" is the perfect gift! This 159-page coloring book includes pages from several other Dover coloring books, including Horses of the World, Ponies of the World, Favorite Horses, and Wonderful World of Horses (see the Coloring books section of General Supplemental Materials for individual horse titles). If you're familiar with Dover coloring books, you already know that the pages feature realistic, detailed pictures, and often some informational text as well.

  • Item #: 061446
    ISBN: 9780310749455
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    Ben Carson has a profound life message for teens. From his humble roots of 'class dummy' to world renowned neuro-surgeon, Dr. Carson's growing up years were anything but easy-abandoned by his father, raised in poverty, called stupid at school. Yet he had a mom who believed in him. With a bit of tough love, she limited television watching and put a reading requirement on her sons: read at least two books per week, then write and present two book reports. Through the pages of this book, we get a glimpse of the power of self-education, yet more than this, we experience the character development of a young man who grapples with pride and temper issues. We also see firsthand the power of a praying mom who was instrumental in the successes of her world renowned son. Transitioning to principles necessary for excellence (traits he has identified as essential for unleashing potential), Dr. Carson expands his acronym THINK BIG: T-Talent, H-Honesty, I-Insight, N-Niceness, K-Knowledge; B-Books, I-In-depth learning and G-God. Regardless of your political affiliation, Dr. Carson provides an insightful, motivating book for teens (and adults!). I was captivated by the personal stories of his youthful adversities and medical successes and failures as a prominent neurosurgeon. Appendix includes a personal talent assessment and discussion questions. Excellent for use as a family read, for dinner-time discussion or for a high school book study. 231 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
    Rainbow Price: $77.95

    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

    divided into four chapters, each designed to be completed in about a week. The authors provide a suggested daily schedule; however, you can easily adapt this to fit your needs. Each body system studied ties into a study of a particular nutrient or nutrients that you are encouraged to work into your diet, and to this end, quite a few healthy, whole-food recipes are included. The end of the book is also literally packed with a huge assortment of appendices (including lots of helpful charts!) and a thorough answer key for the activities. Each chapter includes text for reading, discussion questions, activity suggestions for elementary and secondary students, additional resources for further exploration, a "power recipe" and related activities. Typically, you'll first read about a body system, learn its function and all of the major parts, then continue on to learn about common health issues related to that body system and their causes. This is usually followed up by a closer look at a particular nutrient or group of nutrients that is beneficial to that particular body system.

    The "Power Recipe" (and associated list of activities) for each chapter is usually related to one of the featured beneficial nutrients. For instance, Unit 3, Chapter 4 is on the eyes. The first part of the chapter examines the parts of the eye and how the eye works. Then you'll read about eye sight issues including pink eye, sties, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia and age-related macular degeneration. Next you examine nutrients that help maintain eye health including antioxidants, beta-carotene (to be converted to Vitamin A), lycopene, anthocyanosides, DHA, lutein, zeaxanthin and others. Several foods that have an adverse effect on eyesight, including trans fatty acids and processed foods are also discussed here. Discussion questions include how to protect your eyes, what foods are bad for your eyes, and applying what you've read about the eye to a particular Scripture. The activities are hands on and include spending time blindfolded (elementary level), finding a percentage of family members that wear glasses or contact lenses (elementary), explaining the difference between an ophthalmologist and optometrist (secondary) and discussion other meanings of vision (secondary). The "Power Recipe" focuses on carrots as an ingredient for a fresh carrot juice smoothie, and several carrot and juicing activity suggestions round out the recipe activities.

    The format of this course makes it extremely easy to use as a family. You can assign everyone to read (or read aloud) the text, and then get back together for the discussion questions. Discussion questions tend to be fairly easy if you've read or heard the chapter, so everyone would be able to participate here, maybe even over dinner! Depending on the ages of your students and the time allotted, you will probably want to pick and choose activities to assign. The featured "Power Recipe" would be easy to incorporate into a meal and the related activities may naturally fit into meal preparation.

    While this course is packed with excellent information, recipes and activities, there are a few items I should note. First of all, for all of the anatomical information and vocabulary covered, there are no tests or worksheets to reinforce the reading. The focus of the course is really to educate families and encourage them to change their eating habits, not provide easily graded assessments! However, this would be fairly easy to supplement if desired. The recipes and foods you are encouraged to try are healthy whole foods with low to no sugar, whole grains and possibly some ingredients you haven't met before. If you've never explored your local health food store, you'll find quite a few reasons to visit it now! You'll also find that there are some pretty strong opinions presented here, for example, when discussing toxins found in household cleaners and personal care products, or when examining specific nutrients or supplements-including extensive recommendations for Young Living Essential Oils. You will likely come across something here that you may disagree with, based on your own beliefs, or at least something that will make you stop and think (or perhaps do some further research on). Lastly, I did notice a couple of typos in perusing this resource, which was disappointing in such an otherwise appealing book. Whether you are looking for a nutrition course or trying to educate yourself or your family on why you should eat healthier foods, this is definitely a resource to consider. It's one that you'll want to leave on the shelf long after you've "finished" the course, as you'll be referring to it again and again! 448 pgs, pb. Jess/Deanne

  • Item #: 023626
    ISBN: 9780545433013
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Teaching children how to plan their day is a good start to creating independent time management, a skill that will benefit kids for life. This set contains 5 daily schedule charts labeled Monday-Friday in vibrant colors on glossy white posterboard, and another one that reads "Special Day." 3 columns, left to write, show __:__, a clock face, and a space to write the event (or lesson, appointment, subject, break time, lunch, sports, etc.), and there are 8 rows total. Use these in a home or classroom to share expectations with your learners. Wipeable with dry-erase markers. Put one in each child's room and let them keep track of their schedules and school work. I love the bright colors like magenta and lime green! 18 x 24" ~ Sara