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  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
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       This is a guide to developmentally appropriate activities in many learning areas – home life/social emotional, math/manipulatives, art/music, science/sensory, language/literacy, outdoor/gross motor, and field trip suggestions. Very little prep is needed to do the activities, just gather the supplies and books listed for a complete introduction with young children or accompaniment to your math and phonics/reading for kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. Each month (September through May) incorporates a theme and a character trait into the activities, and is 3-hole punched so you can place the pages in a binder for easy access and storage. Printables are included and step-by-step instructions will make it easy for any parent to work through the activities. You should plan on 2 to 4 activities per day, but plan for what fits into your schedule – “flexibility” is the name of this game. 296 pgs, pb.

     

      Within the packet of pages, you will receive a monthly overview printed on card stock that can be hung up so mom can see what they will be covering during the month – a good visual and planning tool. Sections on the monthly overview list the activities to be done in each area of learning. An Introduction to the program explains the philosophy and a list of what will be covered by theme and character trait. The rest of the pages have beautiful photographs, and step-by-step instructions for implementation.

      Let me give you a sampling of one month of the program. The theme for September is “The World I Live In,” and the character trait is “wonder.” Mom’s Toolbox is the first part of every month and this is where some special resources or items will be listed. In September the “Private Eye” loupe and the book Global Art by Mary Ann Kohl are mentioned. Anything found in the “Mom’s Toolbox” section would be good to get your hands on for incorporation later in the lesson. Home Life and Social/Emotional is the first activity section for September and includes the activities of using balloons and a laundry basket to ‘take a hot air balloon ride,’ make a hot air balloon snack, practice your manners by saying please/thank you, clearing dishes after a meal, and planning an emergency exit plan for your home. You can tell already that not all activities will work for all ages, but that’s the beauty – you can adapt as you need to, pick-and-choose as you see fit. The book list for September includes Hot Air, A House is a House for Me, Can You Hear It, Frog and Toad, and He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. Language and Literacy for September includes tactile letter practice, children developing their own story, and making a book. Math and Manipulatives include activities such as counting and swinging, making a spindle box (counting box), making shapes, a nature math book, and playing a water bottle marble game. Science and Sensory will have your little ones exploring outdoors with simple tools like magnifiers, binoculars, nature guides, etc., making a nature journal and a pendulum, cooking up a batch of herbal tea play dough and creating nature scenes, making an artistic pond, and make a nesting set using cans. Art and Music includes using chicken wire to use as a weaving loom with fabric scraps, making a painting on a long piece of butcher paper, sculpting clay tree faces, using coffee filters to create artistic reproductions, making salt and mirror art, and learning the song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Gross Motor and Outside has activities to develop ball skills and play games like Squish the bug, Hit the Hula Hoop, Wonder-Ball and running an obstacle course. Field Trip suggestions are touring the local news station or grocery store. At the end of each month is a supply list so you can see everything at a glance for easier preparation; most items will be things from around your home. A page for monthly memories and two planning pages are included at the end of the month, as well.

      Throughout each month, on every page, are photographs of the activities and children performing the tasks mentioned on the pages. Each month follows a similar format, so it’s pretty easy to get into a routine that fits your lifestyle. The Printables are on card stock and include photos, game instructions and game pieces, and other items that are mentioned during the monthly activities.

      Intended to give some guidance but not dictate the schedule, Year of Playing Skillfully can become a partner for you and your family as you begin the educational journey with your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 039450
    ISBN: 9781889538860
    Retail: $15.95
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    Beautifully illustrated, this appealing book will inform and delight even the youngest learner in your family. Beginning with a gentle introduction to trees, covering tree sustenance, leaf types, flowers/fruits, cones, and the unique traits of bark and the trunk, a variety of trees in North America are showcased, from rural Georgia to the streets of New York City to the California suburbs. Each two-page spread includes a beautiful watercolor illustration of the featured tree as well as life-sized depictions of its leaf, flower, and seed. These pictures beautifully compliment the detailed, understandable text. Also included are additional reading suggestions for adults and children and recommended websites which add to the scope of this helpful book. HC. 96 pgs. Deanne

  • Item #: 069185
    ISBN: 9781947484009
    Retail: $0.00
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     Right- Brained Time, Money & Measurement is an engaging resource to teach practical skills to children from 5-8 years of age. Like the others in this series, the targeted learner is the visual or right brain although it may benefit children of all learning types. Concepts are taught through images, stories, hands-on activities, and patterns: all designed to engage and target a child’s natural learning strengths. Divided into 3 sections, one for each of the targeted skills, lessons begin with simple concepts and increase in difficulty. It is recommended you only go as far as your student is ready, depending on age and level. Part I, Time, covers everything from introducing the hands on a clock (Ollie Hour, Molly Minute, and Sammy Second), to future and elapsed time, and to estimating time. In Money, children are introduced to the different money denominations and end with adding money and making change. The final section, Measurement, focuses on measuring temperature, length, perimeter, area, weight, and volume. Resources for practicing the skills taught in the book and an answer key are included. Depending on your child, you may wish to add a clock, play money or measuring cups (not required). You will need a 12” ruler, measuring tape (or yard stick), kitchen scale, bathroom scale, and a food thermometer. The final section also includes cooking activities, so other common household and food items will be necessary. This is a wonderful resource to engage your child’s learning practical math skills.

  • Item #: 068704
    ISBN: 9781543083972
    Retail: $34.50
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     Love the idea of unschooling, but struggle to find a balance between too much unproductive time and a strictly scheduled day? This resource may provide the perfect balance. Subtitled, “The Beginner’s Journal”, this animal and farm themed curriculum gently guides learning in several areas including reading, handwriting, logic, spelling, classic literature and music, mathematics including practice in addition, subtraction, and multiplication, creative writing, and more.

      Due to the open-ended nature of this course, you will notice repetition in many of the activity pages. For example, the backyard science/nature walk study pages, animals of the world, and reading time pages allow children to document varied observations and studies. Many struggling learners thrive on familiarity, which helps create a fun learning experience for struggling or younger students. Parents will need to assist their children in choosing topics of study, completion of some activities and securing additional, recommended resources.

      Recommended educational resources include a computer with your own Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music CDs, a variety of educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math-U-See are suggested). Necessary school supplies include pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler. Assorted dyslexia games from the author’s Series A and B are included, and the Dyslexie font is utilized. Author states a child may work in this book up to 3 hours daily for 6 weeks, with 30 minutes of computer time 3 days per week, although flexibility allows you to fit to your family’s needs. Reproducible for children in your household. Black and white graphics. SC. 294 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 005500
    ISBN: 9781930979116
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.36

    Miss Jenny continues to help young learners sing their way through academia. Science Songs with Miss Jenny helps children remember science concepts in the areas of ocean life, insects, water cycle, rainbows, the five senses, and states of matter. Eighteen original songs along with activity sheets, motions to songs, and experiments promote reading, writing, and inquiry. The songs are more than just cute, they are full of information that children will use to complete the activities. For example, children will listen to the Water Cycle Song, learn the motions to the song to help them remember the order of the water cycle, use vocabulary words to finish a 5-word crossword puzzle, label a water cycle illustration, cut out and assemble a cloud mini-book, and perform any of the six suggested activities that show evaporation and condensation, cloud observation, or even make a water cycle bracelet. It's great that the activity and lyric pages are reproducible for family or classroom use. This would make a great enhancement for your science units, use it as an introduction to science topics, or use it as a framework and add library books for more information. Science can be a lot of fun when learning with Miss Jenny. 64 pages, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 068703
    ISBN: 9781536914443
    Retail: $36.50
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      Targeting a slightly older crowd, this flexible curriculum resource may inspire delight-directed learning in your family. In this (mostly) self-study, children begin by choosing topics they wish to study and take steps to achieve their goals. Tips for wisely choosing resources while using these recommended resources: computer access and personal Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music, Google Earth and parent-approved news sources, educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math U See suggested). Listed are also a few necessary supplies: pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler.

      The heart of this course is the gentle, guiding learning in an array of subject areas including reading, creative writing, spelling and vocabulary, classical literature and music, mathematics (open ended to use with your math curriculum), science, geography, current events and much more. Comparing this to the author’s Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft, you will note overlapping activities but a different focus. The aforementioned course includes an animal and farm theme designed to engage younger learners, whereas the DIY Curriculum is written for a slightly older crowd and focuses on Geography and “world news today” events. Woven throughout the course are research projects to learn about mining in the real world, which provides a fascinating “rabbit trail” to a Minecraft study.

      If you are wondering which of the Thinking Tree Minecraft studies would best fit your child, younger children who thrive when working more directly with a parent, may find the Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft (#068704) a better option. While the reading level recommended for this course is grade 2 and up, many of the research activities and world studies seem better fit for an older child. Other activities like the backyard science nature walk and study may work with all ages. Another consideration in selecting these activities is the student’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. While the author does not define computer time in this course, her general guidelines for daily study are 5 pages per day for 10 years and under and 10 pages per day for 10 years and up (2-4 hours per day). Repetition is also built into this curriculum guide allowing students to study various aspects of Minecraft in a similar fashion.

  • Item #: 067830
    Retail: $229.95
    Rainbow Price: $224.95

    Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit 1 (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. We understand there will be two more levels: Books 5-8 are for ages 4-7; Books 9-12 are for ages 6-8. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (they do to me as well), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more." For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet. The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit 1 and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

    Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. There is a checklist included, as the back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

    A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. Although appropriate wording is modeled in the lessons, there is also general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning.

    As mentioned before the Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you. For instance, Lesson 24, Book 4 practices comparative terminology. There are eight points to the lesson. The first point covers "est" words and comparing three or more things. The second point talks about the "er" words and comparing two things. Then there are five sets of pictures of various objects to compare starting with three objects of varying sizes but progressing to four and six objects. About 95 pgs each, spiral-bound.

    The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

    The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

    The Lesson Mat needs to be mentioned. It is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

    The Kit contents all have a purpose within the lessons. While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest.

    Kit 1 includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), 4 tubs of Play-Doh; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; and CD with 24 language arts songs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 052566
    Retail: $0.00
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    While writing may not be enjoyable for many children, there are others who battle writing so strongly that as a parent, you know it is just not "normal". Your child may be very bright and possibly be able to weave a wonderful oral story, but the process of putting spoken words onto paper is so overwhelming that your child resists you and fights you every step of the way. Why do some children dread writing so intensely? The problem may be a writing glitch known as dysgraphia.

    In this DVD, Dianne Craft identifies four natural learning gates and explores the many characteristics of dysgraphia concluding with a simple diagnostic test parents can give their children to assess them for dysgraphia. Some of the traits you may notice if your child has dysgraphia include letter and number reversals, poor spacing with manuscript writing and math problems, copying from the board or a book is difficult and often is completed one letter at a time, words contain mix of upper case and lower case letters, and he may experience difficulties with fine motor skills. Other characteristics of children with a blocked learning gate are expanded upon before Mrs. Craft introduces us to a simple exercise designed to eliminate dysgraphia, which is demonstrated multiple times with children of various ages. While the exercise will be easy to implement at home, she acknowledges it is not an overnight process; in fact, her recommendation is to complete the exercise four days a week for eight weeks for maximum benefit. Included in the DVD are tips to overcome the common roadblocks to successful integration of the "writing eight" exercise. Professionally done, this DVD provides parents the knowledge they need to understand the writing struggles experienced by their bright learners as well as the confidence to assist them in conquering the blocked learning gate. DVD. 127 min. Deanne



  • Item #: 042885
    ISBN: 9781579129231
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.16

    I am a very visual learner and anything that includes beautiful photography and illustrations with the information has a huge appeal for me. This 158-card (5" x 5" cards) deck is exactly what I’m talking about. The front of each 4”x 4” card has a photo or illustration of the solar system, planets, sun, moon, moons of other planets and asteroids. Each card has a graphic and label or question on the front and an answer, statistics and information on the reverse. Learn about the planets, moons, the Sun, asteroids, Halley’s Comet and much more by simply going through this deck of cards. Use these with any age group to accompany your curriculum or use them to play a solar system trivia game. Have students randomly draw a card and tell about the picture. Use some of the more common ones for younger children. You could also hang some of them on your classroom walls, so children will see them daily as they learn about our solar system. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 040059
    ISBN: 9781936208012
    Retail: $15.99
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    As the mom of a budding zoologist, I quickly found that most of the books we read covered the same information…oh, there may have been variations in content or images, but the animal species were nearly identical. I felt like we were always studying the same things. If you ever felt the same way with your little zoologist, I think you will be pleased with this excellent resource. From a Christian perspective, this book introduces children to some of God's unusual animal and plant creations found within nature.

    Written and photographed by a father and son missionary team, the chapters are beautifully photographed and well-written. As a visual learner, I really appreciate how each of the topical chapters is color-coded, meaning that individual life forms studied are presented on uniquely colored pages. The information is presented in a story format and ranges from 3-7 pages per specimen. You and your children will be captivated reading about the Northern Potoo, Jabiru storks, black howler monkeys, monkey-faced orchids (yes - there really is such a flower), the poison dart frog, the Indian piper, the cacao tree, weasel and much more. Scripture references, observations about the marvelous design of our God and scientific names offer a refreshing look our Father's world. Magnificently illustrated with full color photographs, the entire family will be eager to learn more about God's creation. HC. 149 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 026519
    ISBN: 9781580375221
    Retail: $11.99
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    For those learners who learn best by doing, this supplement offers some applicable suggestions for activities with physical and chemical changes. 78 reproducible pages divided into 10 units cover historical perspective, chemistry, elements, four states of matter, structure of matter, physical properties of matter, understanding solids/liquids/gases, physical changes of matter, chemical changes of matter, and evidence of chemical change. The front of the book offers an explanation to the teacher/parent on how to use this book, and each unit begins with a full page of teacher information that includes the topic, correlation to standards, the concepts to be covered, a lesson planner, an extension activity, and a 'real world' application. Student activity pages include student information pages that introduce the concept and vocabulary through a reading passage; a one-page 'quick check' that evaluates comprehension using matching, fill-in-the-blank, time lines, labeling, identifying, etc.; two or more 'knowledge builder' activities provide application through labs and data collecting; and there is an occasional 'inquiry investigation' which is an extension activity. The back of the book is a great reference section and includes definitions, answer keys, national standards, resources for further investigation, and more. Turn your science class from drab to lab with the addition of this helpful and easy-to-use supplement. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 013754
    Retail: $7.50
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    Many times magnets and magnet kits are too small and unsafe for little learners. This large horseshoe magnet measures about 8" tall and 6 ½" wide and is intended for smaller hands. Safe for children 3 and up, this horseshoe is plastic with one foot north and one foot south. Your little scientist can have plenty of fun as they explore and test to see what it attracts and where it will stick. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 010791
    ISBN: 9781580174930
    Retail: $18.95
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    Learn to slow down and enjoy life as you observe and reflect upon the world around you. In Part One of this book, you will learn what it means to keep a nature journal, how to start exploring, and how to express your thoughts using the written word and drawings. If you're not a great artist, don't panic! This book will help you lay aside your fears as it encourages you to improve your skills through practice.

    Part Two of this manual focuses on the ongoing journal, providing ideas to keep your journal active throughout the changing seasons. Centering a portion of your seasonal observations on a stationary object or place such as the tree across the street, an easily observed park or street corner, or even the moon will lend a sense of continuity to your entries.

    The final section is entitled "Learning and Teaching Nature Journaling." This segment consists of a number of exercises to help the reader gain confidence with basic drawing skills including contour, capturing basic shapes, foreshortening, perspective, and shading. The author has also provided helpful tips to simplify drawing flowers, landscapes, weather, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and other objects which may prove difficult to capture on paper.

    The last few chapters of this section are devoted to the idea of teaching the art of nature journaling to people of all ages, and adapting nature journaling to a group activity. This portion stresses the role of the teacher in creating learning situations that stimulate learners to begin writing or drawing in a journal.

    The book has just a bit of evolutionary content in it, but nothing that can't be avoided. A helpful appendix at the back of the book gives suggested reading, additional resources, and a suggested scale for teachers to assess nature journaling skills. Complete index. - Rachel

  • Item #: 007174
    ISBN: 9781554516124
    Retail: $14.95
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       Is blood thicker than water? Can your bowels really affect your brain? How did pirates perish? These and other unique questions are answered in this entertaining and slightly silly book. Cartoon graphics, tongue-in-cheek quips, historical background and hands-on activities will appeal to the science fan and the reluctant learner in your family. Glossary and index. Pb. 104 pgs. ~ Deanne 

  • Item #: 001932
    ISBN: 9780876593875
    Retail: $14.95
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    Science is all around and should be fun for children. The idea of a book and pencil would be shear drudgery for young ones, but this book combines their love for children's books and natural questioning spirits to create a memorable science experience.

    Fifty different activity suggestions in four different areas of science – building, growing, outdoors (wind, rain, shadows), and animals & insects – introduce concepts in the simplest of terms for young learners. Pick out books from your local library to read together, and then explore the topic in a hands-on fashion. The content of this book is flexible and can be taught in any order and you aren't limited to using one specific children's book per lesson. The author offers a list of three books for each lesson and you can read just one of them or all of them. Short summaries are provided at the back of the book to help you know if the books are ones that you would like to read to your children. Read "From Seed to Plant", "How a Seed Grows" or "One Bean" to introduce children to the idea of germination and growing conditions. Then sprout your own seeds in a number of ways to see which works best. Look at the seeds with a magnifier and talk about the questions suggested in the book. You will also find facts about each topic listed within the lesson.

    You don't need a strict, regimented curriculum for science when children are young. This book is the first in a wonderful science series that could take you through your early science years in a more age-appropriate format. Have some fun and read some good books while learning about the world of science around you.