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  • Item #: 059780
    ISBN: 9780600628767
    Retail: $14.99
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    This volume contains a plethora of everyday strategies for helping your left-handed child—whether young or teenager—thrive in a right-handed world. These full-color illustrated pages will guide you through all kinds of circumstances, from daily tasks such as correctly using a spout to pour or holding a deck of cards to more unique situations such as using power tools or choosing a musical instrument. I was impressed, for example, with the significant depth of discussion on penmanship and teaching a left-hander to write. Six chapters focus on development of left-handedness and strategies for everyday life, school, sports and music. Each chapter includes research, tips, aids and diagrams to help you instruct your child. Special problems—such as right-handed bias—that he/she may encounter are also covered in each section. This is an extremely helpful book which will assist parents as they seek to help their children navigate the right-handed world in a variety of settings. Written by founders of the Left-handers’ Association, a resource list and index is included. 6.25” x 9”, 128 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 064276
    ISBN: 9781589238695
    Retail: $26.99
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    This is one of the best kid-friendly knitting guide Ive ever seen! It starts with a good run-through of different techniques, different kinds of yarn, felting, blocking circular needles and DPNs, etc. Dont have knitting needles? No problem! Youll learn how to make your own out of wooden dowels. Crafts include bracelets, slippers, bag, cowl, pencil roll, hat, scarf and even a sweater! The pictures and directions are very clear so its as easy as possible for new knitters to follow along. Perfect for your crafty kiddo. 143 softcover pages. Laura

  • Item #: 000852
    ISBN: 9780940319042
    Retail: $14.00
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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 #: 041114
    ISBN: 9781414304458
    Retail: $14.99
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    Sometimes we take it for granted. Sometimes we don't know how to go about it. But as Christian parents, our most important task is to make sure that our children have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. The husband/wife team of Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth, parents of two daughters, author this book to help you in this essential task. You don't have to be a Bible scholar to use it. The small format book has seven chapters of 10 to 15 pages each. Chapters cover why we need a savior, who God is, what sin is, the resurrection of Jesus, salvation, trust and obeying Jesus, and growing spiritually after we make our commitment. Most of the book is a guide for the parent, but each chapter includes a short story to be read to a child. The included CD contains seven songs that correspond to the seven chapters in the book; children accompanied by an orchestra sing classic hymns on this high-quality recording. Appendices include the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and lyrics to the hymns on the CD.

    So when should you start? That depends on the child and his readiness, but it doesn't get much easier than this to pass along God's truth to your children. hc, 107 pgs.

  • Item #: 060674
    ISBN: 9780739095416
    Retail: $20.99
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    Playing music together as a family sounds quite lovely, but what if you don’t even play an instrument? Not a problem with this simple guitar book! This book is formatted with a child’s lesson on the right hand page and a parent’s guide on the left hand page. Think of it as a teacher’s manual and student book all in one. The best part? This book assumes that you, the parent, have no prior musical knowledge – only the ability to read and relay information. It also comes with handy teaching tips and practice suggestions so you can help your child develop good playing habits without even knowing them yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well learn alongside your child!

    In terms of structure, this series takes a slightly different approach than other Alfred books, starting with chords and moving into notes on the strings rather than the opposite. All in all, the amount of information learned appears to be the same at each book level. Included is a CD to play along with for extra practice. 80-90 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 060675
    ISBN: 9781470616908
    Retail: $20.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.75

    Playing music together as a family sounds quite lovely, but what if you don’t even play an instrument? Not a problem with this simple guitar book! This book is formatted with a child’s lesson on the right hand page and a parent’s guide on the left hand page. Think of it as a teacher’s manual and student book all in one. The best part? This book assumes that you, the parent, have no prior musical knowledge – only the ability to read and relay information. It also comes with handy teaching tips and practice suggestions so you can help your child develop good playing habits without even knowing them yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well learn alongside your child!

    In terms of structure, this series takes a slightly different approach than other Alfred books, starting with chords and moving into notes on the strings rather than the opposite. All in all, the amount of information learned appears to be the same at each book level. Included is a CD to play along with for extra practice. 80-90 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 037850
    Retail: $14.98
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      Attribute blocks are a set of plastic geometric shapes used to teach concepts like large/small, thick/thin, colors, shapes and more. You will need a set of them to use with this activity pack. This pack includes 16 flexible, white vinyl worksheets (11.5x8.25”) and a teaching guide aimed at children ages 3-6 years old. The student will use their own set of blocks with the colorful worksheets, and once they understand what to do, can do the various worksheets without any help. The sheets are divided into 4 groups: ordering, classification, breaking down a plan into fractions, and working on properties. These are perfect for getting more out of your existing math manipulatives at home and generally building a mathematical sense in your young learners. By Miniland. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 023561
    ISBN: 9781883002701
    Retail: $16.99
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    Carol Barnier, mother of an ADHD child, has written this book for parents of highly distractible, fidgety, and ADHD children to provide them with real methods they can use for effective teaching. In her words, she is writing this book because while she found gobs "...of information about how to recognize ADHD children, manage them, medicate them, discipline them, and accept them, no one told her how to teach math tomorrow." So she set about finding successful ways to teach distractible children and has compiled her ideas into this book so other parents can work past the frustration and find methods that work. She begins by exploring the different characteristics of distractible children, and then begins to suggest ideas to implement. One way to keep them listening is to give them something to do with their hands. This doesn't mean they're not listening, they just simply have to be doing something. She suggests having them play with silly putty, work with Legos, draw a picture, or walk around in circles. You can also play games that incorporate their need to move, such as educational versions of Mother-May-I?, Hop-On-It, or Toss-It. To play Toss-It, you decide what you want to learn (the alphabet, books of the Bible, skip counting, etc). This sounded like a good idea to me for any child, so I tried it out with Janine (then 8, and with some memorization difficulties) and decided to try and teach her the books of the Bible. Within two days (and only 2 rounds of Toss-It) we both knew the first seventeen books, and she began asking me whenever I saw her if we had time to play again and learn some more. The following chapters provide ideas and instructions for a variety of manipulatives and games for teaching phonics, math, writing and history. Other advice for outings and car trips and further discussions about finding the gifts in your child are included in the last chapters. Two appendices contain reproducible resources for games to use in school and an additional resource list. A helpful guide for anyone looking for fresh ideas. - Melissa

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

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

  • Item #: 037031
    ISBN: 9781402743290
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.75

    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 #: 060677
    ISBN: 9781470610319
    Retail: $40.99
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    Teach Your Child to Play Piano Book & CD, Music Manuscript Book, Famous & Fun Book Collection, Complete Color-Coded Flash Cards, Music Games CD-ROM, and Keyboard Chart.

  • Item #: 014495
    ISBN: 9781931397155
    Retail: $18.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.75

    This book literally blazes a trail through geography - all you have to do is follow it! Cindy Wiggers has done a terrific job of combining questions, mapping, and other activities into a fun, easy-to-teach approach to geography. Intended as a thirty-six week program, the first twenty-seven of these include a variety of activities. The first weeks encompass the world as a whole; then you focus on different regions continent by continent. Within each week there are several different methods of learning. One of these, Geography Trails, provides questions four days a week that will improve the student's ability to use maps to locate countries, capitals, bodies of water, and landforms, teach them valuable geography terms and learn many geography facts. Different questions are given for grades 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10, so that you can use this book for children at different levels at the same time. The questions are based on the content of three recommended atlases (one for each age group) which are listed in the key resources below. Additional geography activities for every week are in the form of "Points of Interest," where you can take time to learn more extensively. Activities to choose from include mapping, researching, suggestions for art projects, and weekly projects to compile into your very own geography notebook. Then it's Geography through Literature for the last nine weeks as you read through Around the World in 80 Days. Questions for each chapter are provided, as are ideas for additional research and spelling and vocabulary words. Happy trails!

    Please note that that this course provides a framework for studying world geography, and relies on additional resources for reference, maps, and activities. Required resources include: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (if you are planning on completing the literature portion of the study) and one or more of the recommended atlases (depending on the age of the student(s). Three other "key" recommended resources you will rely heavily on for many of the activities include the Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Uncle Josh's Map Book (in book form, or CD-ROM), and Visual Manna's Teaching Geography Through Art (for the art in geography lessons). Although you could make the study work without these, they are often referred to in the lessons, and the program would work much more easily with them. These and other recommended resources are listed below. An almanac is also recommended, in case you don't have one on hand, we recommend the World Alamanac & Book of Facts. A Geographical Terms chart is also recommended; we are unable to offer this specific one, but it is available from Geography Matters. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 052567
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    This DVD could easily have been called, "Effective Teaching Strategies for Children Who Just Don't Get It!" Focusing specifically on teaching strategies for right brain learners, the ideas and concepts presented here will facilitate learning for many of your children. In this presentation, Dianne Craft explains the differences between right and left brain learning and defines the targeted audience for teaching with right brain strategies. While success has been documented in a variety of children including those with auditory processing issues, attention and focusing issues, underdeveloped memory and poor hemispheric integration (e.g. Dyslexia), the strategies presented will work for any child that other teaching methods are not working for.

    Beginning with the premise that most curricula is written for left brain learners who thrive on a sequential, repetitive, and mostly plain (non-distracting) presentation, Mrs. Craft explains the differences found in the right brain learner and provides a wide range of teaching suggestions in multiple subject areas including Spelling and Vocabulary, Phonics and Reading Comprehension, Math and Writing. Suggestions for following directions and study skills are also included.

    This DVD lecture is bursting with strategic ideas for teaching struggling learners and I personally took away many nuggets—valuable ideas that this "left brain mom" is incorporating into her home. One of the greatest tidbits I received was the idea that writing was not the best learning gate for all children and often times children feel penalized when made to write everything we strive to teach them-as a mom who incorporated a great deal of copywork in our homeschool, this explained a lot of the struggles I went through with one of my children. An accompanying 38 page comb-bound Study Guide provides overhead transparencies and additional "how-to" information. Mrs. Craft is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable presenter. My only lament with this DVD is the low sound quality at times (the teaching segment was recorded live in a large room), and the overhead projections are often difficult to view. Fortunately, the study guide does a fine job of aiding the viewer in following the presentation.

    Mrs. Craft's materials can be used independently, or in tandem as they complement each other. While there is minor overlap between the Brain Integration Manual and her workshop DVDs/CDs, using them together provides parents with additional tools. 126 min. Deanne

  • Item #: 064277
    ISBN: 9781589238237
    Retail: $22.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.95

    This sewing guide covers tons of basic skills, though is suited for a little bit older learner or for a younger child who can be accompanied by a somewhat crafty parent. Theyll learn to make a gift bag, tooth fairy pillow with pocket, a roll up organizer for sewing tools, pencils and other fun projects as well! The guide has lots of clear directions to make learning to sew easy and fun. 144 softcover pages. Laura

  • Item #: 022270
    ISBN: 9781484167588
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.78

    This quick read is a treasure trove of timely advice and tips for new or nearly new homeschoolers. Author Tamara Chilver has seen both sides, with a background in elementary education and then home education. She has a heart for passing on practical information that will help homeschoolers succeed. 8 Chapters involve Getting to Know Your Child, Choosing Your Curriculum, Reliable Reading Methods, Wonderful Writing Strategies, Magnificent Math Techniques, Social Studies & Science, You Need Support, and You Can Do It. Some curriculum recommendations are offered, but most of the book is devoted to helpful tips; time-saving, money-saving, and creative ideas to make your homeschool run smoothly and effectively. At just over 100 pages, you might want to have 100 Post-It® flags handy!

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

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

  • Item #: 056614
    ISBN: 9781607057512
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Give a child a sewing kit, and they'll sew for a day; guide them through this book, and they'll sew for a lifetime! Written by 11-year-old Sophie (with help from her parents!), A Kid's Guide to Sewing teaches machine basics and sewing techniques that your child will use almost every time they sew, such as applique, zippers, quilting, and much more. It gives tips for working with a wide variety of sewing materials and notions, giving your aspiring tailor or seamstress a foundation to build on. If they run into a problem, the book gives practical advice to work around it or how to remedy the problem, depending on the issue. Flexible projects teach you how to make things bigger or smaller depending on the need, instead of (literally) the one-size-fits-all approach. I was very impressed but this book and loved the colorful photos, fun projects, and practical learning. Your child will surely enjoy making the blanket, bag, keychain, scarf, or project of his choice. 144 pgs, sc.

  • Item #: 064275
    ISBN: 9781589238558
    Retail: $26.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    Another winner in this fantastic series. This book teaches specific skills separately, then follows up with a project utilizing that skill as a way to make learned information stick. Photos are very detailed and make it easy to see. The projects are so fun that you might want to crochet along with your little ones! 128 softcover pages Laura

  • Item #: 003585
    ISBN: 9780825138584
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

    Here's all the material you need for teaching Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest. It all begins with brief biographical information about Shakespeare and a look at Shakespeare's London. For each play, there are act-by-act summaries (by scene), followed by lessons on the characters, themes, and Shakespeare's language, along with a quiz for each act. After working through the play, there's a final test and a good selection of supplementary activities. Some of these are short and simple, others are full-blown projects; some are research-oriented, others will appeal to the artist. Updated and revised teacher notes focus on historical background and fascinating language facts. Reproducible, answers included.

  • Item #: 039504
    ISBN: 9781932168990
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.00

    Curl up with your favorite kindergarten books and begin the process of enjoying and comprehending with this one-volume collection of literature guides. There are six guides or units, each covering one book or several poems, and you can expect to spend 3-4 days on each unit, reading the book twice in the process. Plan to read the book aloud together with your child, giving help with decoding and reading with expression. The manual’s reproducible worksheets have a horizontal orientation and are perforated. Coverage includes comprehension questions and activities, writing exercises, activities to bring the text alive, and handwriting exercises. An answer key is provided. Books covered are Biscuit, Morris the Moose, Horse in Harry’s Room, Sammy the Seal, Big Brown Bear, and some favorite old poems. 56 pgs. pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 028792
    ISBN: 9780385341981
    Retail: $22.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    The preschool edition is divided into the sections of poems, songs, stories, history, science, and art. 'Poems' includes 48 of your favorite childhood poems and rhymes with oldies like Pat-a-Cake, One Potato Two Potato, and 5 Little Monkeys. Thirty children's songs are just fun to teach to your children like Wheels on the Bus, and Pop Goes the Weasel. The 'Stories' section includes the whole stories of Goldilocks, Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen, 3 Little Pigs, How Turtles Got Their Shells, Why Flies Buzz, The Lion and the Mouse, and City Mouse & Country Mouse. In the margins of the stories new words are listed along with questions to ask your child about story content and discussion of the colorful illustrations. The 'History' and 'Science' sections are non-fiction and fiction read-alouds with discussion questions and new words printed in the margins. 'History' stories include First Americans, George Washington, Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Science' covers the topics of animals, habitats, humans, plants, water, light, and air. There are no activities included in the science since the goal is simply to read to children and expose them to the topic. Be aware that this book presents humans as special animals, not their own species. 'Art' includes 12 copies of famous pieces of art along with information about the artist and the art. Some suggestions for art activities along with discussion questions are included.

    The last section of this book covers what parents need to know about their preschooler, and the importance of the preschool years. There are suggestions for how to choose a preschool and preparation for kindergarten. Checklists are included for the areas of math, literacy, language, social & emotional development, work habits, health, and general knowledge. Tips are included on reading aloud and enjoying music with your child along with a resource list of books and music for preschoolers. This book provides plenty of information and resources to start your little ones on a smooth road toward elementary learning. - Donna

  • Item #: 062466
    ISBN: 9780741484611
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    If you have ever called our office to ask about appropriate curriculum for your child, you may have been asked the question, "How does your child learn?" This is a common topic among our consultants since we do understand that children—as well as adults—learn differently. Many times parents don't know how to answer the question of learning style, and this book is here to help.

    The authors take the time to explain the different styles of learning and offer simple assessments to help the parent make a determination concerning their own children. They not only help you assess, but offer suggestions on how to teach children in each category. The book is 250+ pages, and worth every minute you will spend reading it. Learn about your child's disposition, talents, interests, learning modality, and appropriate learning environment. After finishing this book, you may make some changes in your homeschool approach. This book also makes suggestions on how to talk to your child's teacher about how he/she learns.

    Every child learns differently, and this book will help you figure out the strengths and weaknesses of your child's learning style. pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 041343
    ISBN: 9781932906172
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.00

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

  • Item #: 021789
    ISBN: 9781561794140
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    It has long been recognized that people learn differently, and various authors and researchers have presented us with their models. Cynthia Tobias has researched and distilled five of the most credible and “popular” models of thinking/learning styles and presented them in a readable format. Although most children do not fit squarely into any one category, understanding these models will help us to identify a child’s learning “strengths” (or preferences). After gaining insight into how our child best learns, we can tailor our teaching methods to best suit his strengths, making our teaching more effective.

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 048880
    ISBN: 9781579126995
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This hardcover book with audio CD is a beautifully designed and illustrated introduction to the story-filled world of ballet. The first chapter introduces you to some basic terminology, ballet positions, and history, and invites you to listen to a couple of CD music tracks. Then, each chapter that follows tells the story of a particular ballet, complete with gorgeous, watercolor-like illustrations. Throughout these chapters you'll be able to listen to some of the music and/or learn a little bit more about terminology and technique. Occasionally a chapter will also feature a famous dancer, like Rudolph Nureyev. A glossary is included in the back, and there's also a resource section for learning more about becoming a ballerina, great ballets, famous dancers, and fiction stories about dancing. The final page provides you with a CD track list for your reference. 96 pgs ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 064965
    ISBN: 9781457538094
    Retail: $24.99
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       Take a different approach to teaching phonics and reading with your students. The Stretch & Catch Method can help children learn to read in 10 minutes a day. Whether you are teaching your children at home or they need extra help with their classroom learning, this method is easy and can be a tremendous help.

      The instructions for employing the Stretch & Catch Method are presented in a systematic fashion, so that anyone can use it. Developed by Amanda McNamara Lowe, her goal is to help all children learn to read. To learn to read, children must understand how words work. Stretch & Catch will help them see patterns in words, sound out the words, hear the sounds, feel the sounds, and use their fingers to “catch” the sounds.

      There are nine chapters in the book; chapter one is the explanation, preparation, and assessment portion of the book. This chapter is very important to understanding the Stretch & Catch methodology, The Word List (TWL), daily reading and placement. Stretch & Catch is a technique that uses the fingers to represent word sounds – Stretch is sounding out the word by raising one finger at a time per sound, Catch is saying all the sounds together, quickly, while bringing the fingers into a fist. Example: Spelling the word ‘dot’ – say /d/ and raise the first finger, say /o/ and raise the second finger, say /t/ and raise the third finger; say the word fast and pull the three fingers into a fist. My example is a simplified explanation of the methodology, and there is a scripted dialogue to be used along with it (8 steps). The Word Lists (TWL) are five colored lists of high-frequency words that the student learns to identify, these words make up 50% to 60% of the child’s reading and must be mastered. TWL are found in chapters 3 through 7. Assessments for TWL are found in chapter one, but you won’t use them until the appropriate time. Daily Reading to and with your child is a very important part of this program. There are no designated readers, but the author suggests reading alphabet and ABC books for children who need to learn basic letter sounds (children beginning with chapter two of this book). Early reader books for children in chapters three through six of this book, fluent readers (children in chapters 7-9) can read anything of interest to them. Chapter One includes a vital assessment tool to help you determine where to begin in this program. For children who need to learn basic letter sounds, begin with chapter two. Others start with chapter three, where Stretch & Catch begins teaching letter patterns. The word ‘feature’ is used to refer to the spelling pattern(s) being introduced in each chapter – there are 26 features total. 

      Chapter Two teaches the basic alphabet sounds (feature 1) and instructions are given at the beginning of the chapter. The author suggests that you have index cards on which to write the letters (lowercase and uppercase on separate cards), consonants in one color and vowels in another. Spend one week per letter for children who are being introduced to letters and sounds, one per day for those who just need review. Each letter has a key word that will be associated with it throughout the lessons. Only short vowels are presented in chapters two and three.

      Chapter Three introduces the first TWL words (you will want to use index cards to write them on for practice), Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of short vowels using Stretch & Catch, and scripted templates for teaching ‘features’ 2 through 6. There are two templates, one that is adult-led and another for child-led. These are examples of how to teach the lessons included in the chapter. You will then find lessons (lists of words) to use within the template for teaching each day. This chapter also includes some optional lessons.

      Chapter Four focuses on beginning and ending blends (features 7-11), and chapter five is beginning and ending digraphs (features 12-13). These chapters follow the same format as chapter three: TWL words, Daily Reading suggestion, explanation of the features in the chapter, templates, lessons, and examples.

      Chapters 6-9 cover features 14-26, and at this point your child is no longer considered a beginning reader. Lessons become child-led and you (parent/teacher) are there to be a guide. Children will learn about silent e, common long vowels, diphthongs, and r-controlled vowel patterns. Each chapter includes the TWL words, Daily Reading suggestions, explanation of the ‘features,’ an optional template for introducing the ‘features,’ child-led templates, lessons, and examples.

      Children should be reading fluently upon completion of this book, and just 10 minutes a day! Lessons may take more than ten minutes a day in the beginning; but once the methodology is mastered, teacher and student will love the ease of doing a short lesson each day. The method is multi-sensory and repetitive, which helps children to commit things to memory. The more a child is exposed to letters, sounds, and words, the quicker they will be imprinted on the brain (memorized). This method works well with beginning readers, but can also help struggling readers. 137-pgs, p/b. ~ Donna     

  • Item #: 001065
    ISBN: 9781512158649
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    The easy to follow Teacher's Guide is written directly to the teacher. If you feel a bit intimidated teaching literature, this guide, although not scripted, will provide what you'll need to aid your student. Four pages of the TG provide an overview of the key topics covered each month. Answers for all student work and detailed responses to discussion questions, along with where to locate these answers in the literature, are provided. Grading and evaluation are straightforward and fairly simple. The overall course grade is comprised of 3 components: the Grading Grid score, a vocabulary grade and activity grade for each book. The teacher will use the reproducible Grading Grid to evaluate the student's work. With this measuring tool, students are graded on 7 tasks. For five of the tasks, teachers evaluate only the student's level of completion/involvement in certain tasks. The final two evaluations are comprised of the Yes, I Read It (reading comprehension) and Literary Terms quiz grades. At the end of each chapter, students choose from various multiple-learning-style activities that expand on and respond to literary themes: mapping, writing music, reenacting, history, imitating, responding to author or characters, etc. The TG provides brief suggestions and guidance for these activities. However, the teacher will decide how activities are evaluated. 8.5" x 11" 182 pp, sc.

  • Item #: 009641
    ISBN: 9781887840903
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    If you're looking for a little more help on how to teach Primary Math, these support guides are just what you need. Each guide provides a suggested teaching schedule, detailed notes to the instructor referencing specific course book pages, games and activities, complete textbook and workbook answers, step-by-step solutions for all word problems, and mental math pages. Suggested games and activities may require additional materials, such as a base-10 set, multilink cubes, hundred chart, etc. Currency replacement pages (depicting U.S. money) are also included. Guides for all levels can be used with both the Singapore and U.S. editions, although you may need to make minor adjustments for level 2B. ~ Anh