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  • Item #: 042526
    ISBN: 9780824955564
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    This devotional book combines the natural love children have for animals with a study of character traits they exhibit (good and bad) for a delightful end product of short but engaging devotionals for young children. It is divided into sections by habitat – farm, zoo, forest, water, sky, etc. Each section contains 4-8 devotionals, each highlighting a particular animal. Each devotional covers a two-page spread. One page holds the text, and the other is a full-page illustration along with a few simple questions about the devotional to discuss with your kids after you've finished reading it. The book is fully illustrated by cute watercolor illustrations; even on pages of text there are colorful pictures around the margins and in the background. Some of the animals covered include beavers, kittens, monkeys, owls, earthworms, pigs, hippos, and hummingbirds. 96 pgs, pb. – Melissa

  • Item #: 049324
    Retail: $6.00
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    Looking for an alternative to the classic pretend money to liven up learning about our currency? This set of ten white "money" dice, each of which has six sides: 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and $, all printed in green. So, what do you with money dice? I have a few ideas! Let children roll the dice and total up each roll. The first one to get ten dollars wins. Or maybe roll the dice and total the amounts on a paper. Give each child a quarter for every five dollar increment on their total sheet. After you decide to stop (20 minutes or so,) have each child show their totals and explain their math. Maybe you could write a total (like $3.61) and your child can show you the number using the dice - $, $, $, 50¢, 10¢, 1¢. Try this the other way around too. ~ Sara

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 000781
    Retail: $12.35
    Rainbow Price: $8.06

    Kids love using chalk outdoors to create pictures on sidewalks. However, for some the fun of open-ended creating is intimidating or boring after a while. This drawing machine is especially fun for kids who are more interested in puzzle solving and guided instruction, but the whole family will love creating huge chalk drawings. It's difficult to explain how this contraption works without making it seem complicated and cumbersome, but in actuality, it's very easy and fun to use. Basically, you're creating a dot-to-dot puzzle using the codes on the pattern cards. The cards show what the finished picture will look like and then give 2-part codes (like A-21, B-12, S-8, etc.) that tell how to create it. You start with a large dot, line up the machine on the dot, twist the top until it is set on the letter in the code, pull out the tape measurer until it reaches the number in the code, and draw another large dot there. Connect the two dots, realign the machine on the new dot, and repeat the steps until the drawing is finished. Puzzles range from 10-40 dots and once the outline is finished, suggestions on how to color and decorate are included on the cards. The drawings are large, usually measuring about 3' x 3', but some are larger, like the T-rex that measures 5' x 9'. Included in the set are 10 patterns to follow, 5 jumbo chalk sticks, and the machine itself. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 028261
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    We selected this title during game night, thinking it would be a simple game of elementary trivia. It kind of was, but we also came to realize that after so many years, facts you learned in elementary school can slip away under pressure! Even simple things like which ocean is where, what exactly an isosceles triangle is, or who was president in 1800. Play is simple; players must answer two questions from each of the grades 1-5. Each 1st grade question is worth $500, 2nd is worth $1000, and so on up to $5000 for 5th grade. You don't have to answer the questions in order, but if you ever get an answer wrong, you lose any money you have earned. After all standard questions, players can take a chance on a bonus question to multiply their earnings (or lose it all!) After the bonus question, the player with the most money is the winner. Each player has three cheats to help them out. Since every player has to try to answer the questions for this purpose, everyone stays involved and play is pretty fast-paced. With fun yet sometimes challenging questions in every subject area (600 questions on 300 cards), and game play between 30-45 minutes, this is one of those educational games your family will want to play just for fun. For 2-4 players. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 003476
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    This unique software product allows you to design your own handwriting program! The software lets you print practice worksheets in cursive and manuscript in any of these popular printing styles - manuscript, manuscript-simple, manuscript-simplified, modern manuscript (like D'Nealian), Italic, PLMR (similar to Palmer), VIC (Victoria-Australia), QLD (Queensland-Australia), and NSW (New South Wales - Australia). You decide on the following: what letters or words will be printed (so students can trace/write their own name, stories about themselves, and things they are interested in - or you can present them with letters or words they are struggling to write); letter height from 1/4 inch to 2 inches; whether to print the letters in dots, dashes, or solid lines; and, whether to print directional arrows next to the letter. There are over 15 fonts to choose from and Spanish, math, money, and clock characters are included. Font size, dot density, and shading is all adjustable. Color printing is supported, so that you can make top and bottom guidelines one color, and the optional dashed center line a different color. Clip art images, which can also be printed in color, are included to add interest. The software is very easy to use, allowing you to make exciting worksheets and print them out in just a matter of minutes. System requirements for Version 5.0: Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista; MAC OS 8.6 or newer (OS X older than 10.6; NOT 10.7/Lion or higher); 16 MB Ram, 20 MB hard disk.

  • Item #: 032606
    ISBN: 9781338037524
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.25

    Sigh, those creative children who forever want a new bedspread, new pillows, new paint, new curtains and such can cost you a fortune in time and materials. Never mind about the holes in your walls from changing their minds! Turn that creative bent into a thoughtful (an inexpensive) project where they get to design the bedroom of their dreams. You may even find it is motivation to earn some money and learn how to paint to make their dream a reality at some point! This kit from Klutz provides 5 fold-out practice rooms to design using over 300 punch out decorating pieces and patterned papers. Use the tape sheet (included) as you group the colors, patterns and accessories you want in your room onto a plan board of some kind or put them directly onto the room settings. There is also a 78 page book of instruction and inspiration. Design a loft look a la Boho chic, go soft and floral in a vintage style room with weathered finishes, or play with a stark black and white graphic wall with pops of color for a modern fab flair! You have loads of throw pillows to choose from in fun and trendy styles and colors. How about a chandelier? Why not, it's a dream room after all. Parents, just be prepared for a sales pitch from your child who is now armed with a concrete design for his/her bedroom! I have to say, the designs are pretty girly, but I think any future designer would have a ball with this cool kit. ~Sara

  • Item #: 005380
    ISBN: 9781570578083
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Painlessly teach your child the meaning of money with these two easy games. Vital mathematical concepts such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication, place value, making change, budgeting, and money management are taught and practiced. Both games ("Bill Maker" and "Bill Breaker") are fun and fast-paced, with two players competing. In "Bill Maker" your goal is to be the first player to accumulate one $100 bill. Play money is included in 1's, 5's, 10's, 20's, 50's, and 100's. Players are constantly exchanging smaller bills for larger ones until that winning $100 is obtained.

    "Bill Breaker" deals more with real life and is slightly more advanced. A parents' pay check may seem like big bucks to a small child, but where does it all go? This game uses moneywise kids markers representing some of the costly expenses and necessities of life (not realistically priced, of course!) such as taxes, clothing, food, medical care, transportation, and housing. Players constantly take the risk of picking up a financial explosion that will really blow a hole in their savings. The first player with all six markers and $100 wins. - Megan

  • Item #: 003050
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    After winning almost every imaginable toy reward, we felt this "toy" deserved a place in our catalog! It is a real, working, solar-powered calculator with a cash drawer that holds real-size bills and coins. Oversized buttons and big number display make it perfect for even your littlest storekeeper. Comes complete with play bills, plastic coins, pretend Citibank credit card, and suggested activities. Measures 10 ½"w x 9 ½"d x 5 ½"h. Mom will be tempted to borrow this one for her next garage sale!

  • Item #: 059411
    Retail: $299.99
    Rainbow Price: $200.00

    As a kid, I was always building houses with my Legos® and rearranging my bedroom. I was a creative thinker and made an awesome Barbie house out of cardboard boxes! This large set of model panels is for the next-step builder. If your child likes to sketch building designs, they can use this set to build their designs in 3-D before actually getting out the hammer and nails. Artec is a Japanese company; directions are visual and in English (and also in Japanese). The pieces are made of sturdy plastic and follow a 1/15mm scale: 1 mm in the scale represents 15 mm in actuality. This set has various sized ivory plastic panels to make floors and walls. You get 16 large square panels (180 x 180 mm), 42 rectangles, 28 skinny rectangles and 64 square connectors. The panels have a grid pattern and pegs on them, so you push the pegs into the grid wherever you want a wall. Windows and doorways are easy to incorporate. This is a BIG set! Also included are sheets of cardstock printed with furniture/appliances to cut and fold into beds, tables, etc. It is a little tricky to get used to the metric scale system scale. This is perfect for the budding architect and gives you so much room to be creative with your designs. The set comes in a large, sturdy plastic tote w/lid & handles that lock the lid (19" x 13 x 7.5" ). ~ Sara

  • Item #: 029400
    ISBN: 9781483826905
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    I'll say. This 416-page book holds a multitude of math activities appealing to young children. Each page holds fun, colorful illustrations and engaging exercises. The first section concentrates on number recognition and writing. Each number 0-20 is introduced through a variety of coloring, drawing, tracing, writing, and fun pages. The numbers are reviewed after 5, 10, and 20 to ensure retention. Additional sections provide practice in place value, comparison, skip counting by 2, 5, and 10, addition and subtraction with one and two digits, graphing, time, and money. Each section provides complete instruction and holds a number of pages devoted to teaching the concept. The end of the book holds cute math rhymes to further reinforce the numbers. If you're looking for a beginning math book that will hold your child's attention and provide fun learning activities, this book is just the item. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 054725
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $26.50

    How well do you know your birds? In this game, the fewer clues you need to figure out the type of bird, the more points you'll score. The game is composed of 300 cards (at three different levels), with each card showing a photograph of the bird on one side and five clues and the name of the bird on the other. One player acts as the reader and reads the first clue to the player on their left, who is the answerer. If the answerer can name the bird after the first clue, they receive 5 points, if they need two clues, they get 4 points, etc, down to 0 points if they can't identify it. Then they become the new reader and play passes around the table. Whoever has the most points after eight rounds wins. For 2+ players.

  • Item #: 060393
    ISBN: 9780545819237
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.25

    Four feet tall and laminated with a smiling Clifford the Big Red Dog at the top: a fun way for children to see how close they are to meeting a goal! Maybe your goal is a list of sight words or spelling words or math facts to be learned. Maybe it has to do with household chores or saving money for a fun family day out. Ten ready-to-fill-in levels show the steps of your specific goal (that you write in yourself). Characters from the cartoon/books cheer you on at each step. Perfect for a door or hallway, it measures 11.5” wide. When you reach one goal, wipe off the chart and create a new one! I love the bright primary colors: great for a visual learner to see their progress. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 035179
    ISBN: 9781483826875
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

      For those of you who want all your manuscript and cursive instruction and practice in one big workbook – this is it! Traditional ball and stick printing is presented and practiced in the first 216 pages – letter practice, numbers, shape words, color words, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, weather words, holidays, school words, school tools, praise words, safety words, family words, neighborhood words, place words, food words, direction words, sports words, money words, action words, adjectives, comparison adjectives, literature words, math words, science words, art words, music words, writing a letter, thank you note, friendly letter, and envelope. Letter practice begins with six pages of strokes using dotted lines and arrows, then each letter is presented, in order. There are five pages of practice for each letter – one page of letter practice, one page of words, and three pages of copying phrases or sentences. After finishing letter instruction, children are now ready to practice the word pages.

      Cursive instruction and practice finishes out the book covering many of the same topics as the manuscript practice plus some additional language arts words. Cursive follows the same format as the manuscript, using dotted lines and arrows for the letters. All line spacing is ½” with a dotted midline, and colorful illustrations decorate some of the pages. This book isn’t reproducible, but the price makes an affordable multi-year handwriting program. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 002358
    ISBN: 9781600583872
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Drawing and doodling can be a very calming activity with interesting results. Tangling is a focused form of doodling using detailed patterns and effects. After learning a few basic tools & materials, you can explore tangling through a variety of prompts. You will learn to create your tangles step by step. This kit comes with everything you need to get started with your tangles! You get a soft graphite drawing pencil & sharpener, a kneaded eraser, 20 archival paper tiles (3.5” squares), 2 archival ink pens in 0.1 and 0.2mm, and basic white drawing paper for working out your ideas. Several pages of instruction have you practicing random lines & squiggles, effects like shading & sparkle, patterns & borders, beginning creatures, flux patterns, Hollibaugh woven looks, Roxi (looks like beads on a string) and nature motifs. There are loads of tips and inspiration followed by prompts which show an outline image that you then complete as you like. You can apply these techniques to other crafts as well, such as a picture frame (shown in this book). Your 40 pg book and supplies are contained in a snazzy portfolio/box with tangling on the cover. Any young art student would appreciate having a go at this meditative art form, but many adults would like it as well. The kit makes a lovely gift since it includes everything needed to create and comes in an attractive package! By Walter Foster. 8” x 10” x 1.25” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 057948
    ISBN: 9781601841278
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.35

    Word problems are a fun way to build logic and comprehension skills. These particular problems focus on language rather than math. Children have to pay close attention to the wording and details to solve the problems. Introduce a problem a day as a warm up activity. Because these are made for young students, the vocabulary and situations are relatable and familiar, built around a family named the Wordly's. There is a performance assessment after every 7 problems, and 77 total problems (not counting the testing opportunities.) Here is a problem from the middle of the book called Pajama Drawer:

    First is the word problem, "The youngest Wordly boy's dresser holds his pajamas, pants, & shirts. The dresser has 3 drawers. Each type of clothing is in a separate drawer. The middle drawer holds his shirts. His pants are in the bottom drawer. In which drawer are his pajamas? Then you talk about it, "Are his pants & pajamas in the same drawer? (no) How many drawers are there? (3) How many different types of clothing are there? (3) The next step is called picture it: (materials: paper & pencil) Draw 3 drawers. Draw to show where the shirts are. Draw where the pants are. Draw where his pajamas are. And finally, the solution: The pajamas are in the top drawer.

    The performance assessments have this same format, the students are just doing it without any help from you. In the back is a page index where you can look up a certain skill such as time, money, shape, sequence, etc. The problems are short and sweet, as a warm up should be, but are enough to get your little learners thinking critically and actively. Spiral bound, sc, 6.5x8.5", 90pp ~Sara

  • Item #: 064284
    ISBN: 9780810994423
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.50

    Five hundred pages of art history in a 5x6.5" book? What? Yes, it's true and I love it! Imagine a big beautiful coffee table style book, full of beautiful color photos arranged chronologically, that you can easily pick up and read. It is a comprehensive reference book with a helpful index in the back, perfect for adding to any art curriculum or even your world history program. Periods include pre- and early history (40,000-500 BCE); antiquity; late antiquity & the middle ages; renaissance; baroque; 18th century; 19th century; 20th century before 1945; and art after 1945. For families concerned about nudity, there are several statues and paintings depicting both males and females in various states of undress. I counted about 50 among the 900 images in the book. The variety of artists is outstanding. The text is interesting and very readable, and the information is factual and solid. For a student interested in art, this book is a must have. 512pp, pb (1.5" thick). ~ Sara

  • Item #: 051797
    ISBN: 9781609050672
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    Did you know that if you draw a picture as you learn a new word that you will remember it more easily? The quicker your brain makes connections, the quicker you are able to memorize new material. This book will teach your children how doodles can connect new vocabulary words in their brains. Look at this example from the book. I chose the word "buoyant." You get the definition: (adjective) able to float in water or air; lightness in spirit. Students are directed to draw a hot air balloon with a happy little person inside made from the letter B. Here are your doodling directions: 1. draw a B, 2. add curves and a squared U, 3. raise two arms in the air, 4. add a happy face, 5. make a big horseshoe curve, 6. draw five curves and attach the balloon to the basket. Each step of the drawing is modeled for them. The next time your child reads the word "buoyant" in a novel or on a test, they will recall drawing the happy little person in the hot air balloon and remember that it means floating and lightness. The practical application of this exercise is when your student makes vocabulary note cards for any project and is able to doodle and memorize those new words easily. Once they complete this book (101 is a lot of practice doodles after all,) they will have a good handle on how to make their own system of doodles for making those important brain connections. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 047997
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    I want to express a heartfelt “Thanks” to Ginger McCreary, the speaker on this DVD for sharing her wisdom, advice, and experience with us. Although she describes herself as “ordinary,” I would say she is “extra-ordinary” in that, even after completing 19 years of homeschooling, she is still amazingly enthusiastic about the pursuit. Ginger has a refreshingly “real” manner. Even though she has successfully home schooled and advised other homeschoolers for years, she has an attitude of gracious humility that comes through. She’s here to help and encourage you, not to preach at you, tell you what you must do, or brag about her own achievements. Although sometimes it is difficult to listen to the same speaker for a length of time, I found this an easy and pleasant talk.

    There’s something on this DVD for people at all stages of homeschooling, whether you’re just considering it or have done it for years. Some of the topics she discusses are:

    Why people homeschool

    Advantages of home education

    A short history of compulsory education

    Socialization

    Tips for homeschooling success

    Organization in your home school

    Scheduling

    Keeping records

    Choosing the best curriculum for you

    Support for homeschooling

    Homeschool dads

    Instead of listening to someone still in the middle of it all, get advice from someone who has finished the race well. I have to laugh at some of the books we get for review from young people who are single, just married, or with young families, imparting their advice to others on the subjects of marriage, family, or schooling. There’s a reason employers look for a person with experience. And that same reason applies to listening to someone’s advice. Before we jump onto a moving wagon, let’s take a hard look at the person driving the wagon. Have they completed this trip before? Do they know where the potholes and obstacles are? Do they know when and where to turn? Only if they have successfully completed the course themselves should they presume to give others advice and direction for the journey. Ginger has successfully homeschooled three children at home from grades K-12. All three attended college. One is an officer in the army, one is getting her master’s degree, and the last one is still in college.

    As someone who has homeschooled even longer (four out of college and married, one in college, two still at home), I found her advice full of common sense and right on target. I really appreciated her tips on keeping your home clean and organized (“Teach your children to do every job at home. Children must learn to work”) and honesty about the challenge (“You will feel like quitting.” “You will feel discouraged.” “You will want to flag down the big, yellow school bus and put your children on it.”), including excellent counsel on how to avoid burnout, stress, and discouragement. Despite the fact that we have not been engaged much with other homeschoolers (because of our time-consuming family business), I agree with her strong encouragement to seek out and get support from other homeschoolers via local support groups. As she accurately points out, homeschooling is a radical lifestyle. More so when we first began, but even today it is considered a fringe activity. And she is right on the money about even churches not necessarily being supportive (or the children in them being accepting of yours!). Ginger and her husband were heavily involved in both local and state groups, serving as officers and board members. She puts in a strong plug for not only using these groups for your own support, but in giving back to them through your service to other homeschoolers. She doesn’t mince words, either, when it comes to putting aside unrealistic expectations for your school or the amount of help you should expect in day-to-day schooling from a working dad. Rather, she encourages dads to prioritize their family’s educational pursuits by being interested, by showing support and respect for your efforts (including the occasional disciplinary call for help), perhaps attending homeschooling conventions with you to help make curriculum choices, and maybe even joining you in serving your homeschool support group or state organization.

    Listening to this DVD is like getting good advice from an old and trusted friend. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you can or should homeschool, this presentation would be an inexpensive help in making that decision. If you’re new to homeschooling, Ginger is a seasoned veteran with many worthwhile suggestions that will save you time and money. Her commonsense counsel and insights, along with her naturally calm and friendly demeanor, will help you conquer self-doubt and be encouraged on your journey.

  • Item #: 018382
    Retail: $37.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.60

    Take on the role of chieftain of a clan competing to build the best land in this thoughtful game of buying and selling land. Aspects of this game are reminiscent of Carcassone, but the variability and mechanics of this game offer more strategy than the aforementioned. Whereas both games revolve around square tiles featuring different landscapes that have to be connected, Carcassone tiles are placed in a central map, while Isle of Skye players each build their own swath of land that scores them points. The main strategy in this game lies in the buying and selling of land tiles. At the beginning of each round (either 5-6 total, depending on the number of players), players receive their income based off of their current landscape, and then each player randomly draws three landscape tiles from the bag. Once everyone has drawn and all of the new tiles are visible, each player secretly chooses one of their three tiles to discard back into the bag and sets the prices for the other two from their money supply. You have to keep an eye on which tiles other players may want to buy from you to complement their landscape as well as which tiles will most benefit you. Setting prices too low means you wont profit much from the sale, but setting them too high may deter other buyers and cause you to spend more of your own money. Once everyone has set their prices, the player screens are moved so that the prices are revealed, and then players each have a turn to buy a tile from another player. If a player buys a tile from you, you receive your money back as well as the coins paid by the buyer. However, if no one buys your tiles, you pay the bank the price and may add the tile to your personal map, always connecting like landscape to like. As with most great games, there is a good balance between resources, causing you to choose your purchases wisely. The round closes with players scoring based on their current landscape. The scoring is an aspect that brings wonderful variability to the game players randomly select four of the 16 scoring tiles at the beginning of the game and set them in the middle of the scoring track in the spaces marked A, B, C, and D. For example, you may score victory points (VPs) for each sheep in your territory or if you are the player with the most gold. However, each round only scores a combination of the scoring tiles after Round 1, you score using the A and B tiles; after the fourth round you score based on the criteria of tiles A, C, and D. This makes all the scoring tiles important, but each at varying points of the game. At the start of each round players receive additional income based on their land and the land sales start all over again. After the final scoring, the chieftain with the best kingdom wins! Steph

  • Item #: 026194
    ISBN: 9780736943857
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    Kathi Lipp wrote this book for people like her – people that want to get organized, and then move on! Instead of bringing in a canned organization system that may or may not work for you, she strives to help you build an organization plan around your life and habits. For a sense of immediate victory, she suggests jumping right into the area that causes you the most stress. Start the attack by evaluating everything you use the room for, then decide how you are going to define the areas for those activities. The second step is to use her three-box, two-bag system and sort: things that belong in other rooms; things that go back in this room after you clean and organize; and things to donate, toss in the garbage, and recycle. Third, take a little time to do some light cleaning while you’ve got the space all cleared out. In steps 4 and 5 she offers tips for storage/organization in that space and keeping it clean. She wraps up with further tips on saving space, time, energy, and money in that area and a small bonus project or two. After moving through every room (including the garage and basement!), Kathi moves on to projects for your family, employing the same five-step system to help control your laundry, schedule, meal planning, grocery shopping, kids’ chores, paperwork, and travel. Then she shifts the same strategy to projects that center on your personal life: your schedule, getting out the door in the morning, to-do list, car, handbag, computer, and wardrobe. Even if you’re not the next Martha Stewart (the author might say especially if you’re not the next Martha Stewart!), this system can bring some much-needed order to your life! – Steph

  • Item #: 012492
    Retail: $49.99
    Rainbow Price: $39.99
    It's anybody and everybody's game in Smallworld, from elves, to giants, to skeletons and more! Four different maps for 2, 3, 4, or 5 players are included, each larger than the last (but never big enough for everyone!) Mountains, Woods, Hills, Farmlands, Swamps, Lakes and Seas are spread across each board. To kick off the game, players select a combination from the shuffled column of Races/Special Powers. Each race has its own inherent abilities. Giants, for example, require one less token to conquer regions next to Mountains they own. Special Powers involve the ability to fly, colonize water, earn points for terrain, and more. Racial Abilities are combined with Powers to create a playable race. These could include Diplomatic Ghouls, Forest Dwarves, or even Commando Trolls. Once you've picked a race, you attempt to conquer regions which have the highest benefit for your Race/Power, earning Victory Coins at the end of each round. However, it costs troop tokens to invade regions, and before long you'll find your race stretched to its limit! Once you bring your race into dominance, don't be afraid to abandon it when a more advantageous group comes along… Your previous race becomes inactive, a new race is chosen, and you attempt to earn more Victory Coins with your new Race/Power. This cycle of conquering, earning coins, and sending races into decline continues until 8-10 turns (depending on the board) have passed, and the player with the most Victory Coins wins! Note: one race, the Amazons, may be slightly racy for some families. They wear a leaf bikini but are fairly cartoonish. Additionally, the box's tagline is, "…It's a world of Slaughter, after all!" but the game itself is not violent and does not indicate violence beyond taking over regions from other players. For 2-5 players. 40-80 minutes.
  • Item #: 019218
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $23.25

      Our kinesthetic learners are those students who solve problems or create by moving their bodies. This is also the learning style most overlooked in the classroom but can be accommodated at home. All kids can benefit from an activity break during their lessons. Walkabouts combine an activity break with a lesson! Getting kids up and moving increases brain plasticity, and it’s fun!

      Each Walkabout lasts 7-10 minutes and starts with a peppy song. Students watch them on a computer or tablet. You have a happy little animated host (Jax or Gia) guiding you through the lesson, as you walk, hop, march, jump, squat, gallop, and more! There is a lot of following directions, which is always helpful to learn. As questions come up on the screen, children answer by moving their bodies. For example, in a lesson about irregular plural nouns, the screen shows the word “fish” at the top of the screen with “fishes” to the lower left and “fish” to the lower right. Students show the right answer by doing a log roll jump (a double hop with a sideways jump) in the direction of the correct answer. Then they move the single noun to the middle of the screen with an answer above and below. Students do a jumping jack for the top answer, and a squat for the bottom answer. It is really cute!

      Getting started is a breeze. We mail you a paper with your access code and you are in! The teacher dashboard has 5 buttons. Only five! Most of you will use the big green button more than the others. It is where you create the Walkabout. All you do is select a grade level (PK, K, 1 or 2) then choose a math or ELA/Reading standard and that is it! The standards are written out and list a skill, so even if you are not required to meet any of these specifically, you can choose a skill to practice. I found the lessons reinforce, rather than introduce, concepts. You can choose from Headstart, Common Core, Nat’l Assoc for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or your specific state’s standards. You can have a single student use this or a group doing it together and even assesses individual student’s comprehension (up to 4 individuals.) A homeschooling parent can assign a Walkabout and give it to a student to practice certain skills. It is so quick and easy to use! I liked the option of printing out a worksheet to go with the lesson. They cleverly call these walksheets. I know a worksheet means sitting down with a pencil, but after taking an activity break, it is way to hold a student accountable for their activity and assess their comprehension. If you have an ADD/ADHD child, activity breaks are especially useful in helping them focus and learn. The ease of use and the quality of activities, along with an affordable price for a 1 year subscription all make Walkabouts a good option for parents and classroom teachers. ~ Sara

     

  • Item #: 018383
    ISBN: 9780890515006
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.75
    Whether you’re planning a trip to the zoo or would like to complete an animal study within the comfort of your own home, this creation-based resource provides you with lots of information, tips, and activities for a fascinating look at 27 different animals. The book speaks to the user in either situation; however, it certainly leans toward the zoo-goer. The hardcover “field-trip-in-a-book” houses a spiral bound book as well as a “tool kit” – a pouch in the back cover holding additional materials. The book is divided into the following four sections: Before the Zoo, At the Zoo, After the Zoo, and Appendices. In the Before the Zoo section, you’ll become acquainted with the Complete Zoo curriculum, utilize the planning calendar and supplies list if you are taking a trip to the zoo, and enjoy 7 devotionals meant to prepare you for the trip and the amazing creatures God has designed. The At the Zoo section is the heart of the book. Here there are a couple of pages with information about field assignments (assigning children to different roles at the zoo – photographer, trail finder, etc.), field journals, and tips for behavior while at the zoo. Then it’s on to the animals! The 27 animals detailed are organized in 5 tabbed sections - birds, paws and claws, hooves, reptiles, and amphibians. There are 2-3 pages devoted to each of the 27 animals. These pages include lots of interesting text about unique characteristics/design, behavior, and lifestyle as well as photographs, fun facts, and a map showing where in the world the animal lives. The After the Zoo section holds several reproducible follow up activities for younger ages, intermediate students, and advanced students including matching exercises, word searches, coloring pages, and other activities to complete using the materials found in the tool kit. In the Appendices section, you’ll find helpful resources such as scripture verses to memorize, educator notes for parents/teachers, and a glossary. Throughout the entire book you’ll enjoy lots of colorful photographs of a variety of animals.

    The Tool Kit holds 4 different resources. First, there is a field card for each animal covered in the book. These cards hold general statistics for the animals, including how big, how heavy, diet, habitat, life span, special features, and more. Each statistic appears in the same order on all of the cards for easy comparison and information gathering. Next there are 7 biome cards, each with a picture of the biome on the front (along with a map showing where in the world that biome exists) and information on the back. Thirdly, there are 3 field journals included with the book (a reproducible form is included in the book in case you need more than 3). These “journals” are pamphlet-sized and made out of cardstock (an 8.5” by 8.5” sheet folded in half). The journal features 32 boxes to fill out on the trip to the zoo (or on the trip through the book!). The students record the type of animal, write its name in the blank, and draw or describe any special features in the blank space. Lastly, there are 12 name badges, which are glossy cardstock and feature space for the student’s name as well as their field assignment. All in all, this curriculum offers a great way to expand your trip to the zoo and does an excellent job of dispelling evolutionary myths about God’s creation and instead pointing to our wonderful Creator. – Melissa

  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $162.00

       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne