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  • Item #: 039235
    ISBN: 9780980072303
    Retail: $15.00
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    It's easy to become a cookbook collector. The glossy photos of scrumptious meals draw you in regardless of whether the recipes are easy or the ingredients are easy to find! Our intentions are good, but somehow we just can't get around to pulling together an incredible meal every night. Well, cookbook author Rachel Masters takes a much more practical approach, almost guaranteeing that this is one cookbook that will spend more time on the countertop than on the shelf. As a mom with young children, she was frustrated with the time it was taking to develop a meal plan and grocery list for the week. To make this easier, she created a plan that rotated through all of the main dishes her family enjoyed, along with shopping lists to accompany them. In the end she had a twelve-week plan, each week complete with five main dishes, a dessert, a snack, and a shopping list. After using her plan with much success over the years, she now presents it to the rest of us in handy cookbook form. The cookbook presents thirteen weeks, each with a meal plan for the week, a grocery list (divided into types of food like produce, dairy, etc.), and the recipes. Each week features five meals, a snack, and a dessert. Weeks are broken down by meal, with each meal including recipes for the main course as well as side dishes. As a bonus, Rachel has included a suggested timetable for each meal, outlining when each task preparation task should be done for a six o'clock target dinner time. At this point, you may be mostly concerned about the meals themselves. Will your family like them? Glancing over the meal plans, I'd say they have broad appeal (remember, the author has several young children herself!). A sampling of the meals includes: chicken fajitas, beef stew, lasagna, shepherd's pie, pork chops, sloppy joes, french dip sandwiches, ribs, chicken over rice, sub sandwiches, split pea soup, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork tenderloin, and many more scrumptious-sounding side dishes I don't have room to mention. You won't find anything too specialized in here, just family-pleasing favorites. Of course, if everyone in your family dislikes a certain recipe, just replace it with one of your own and edit the shopping list to include those ingredients.

    Additionally, seven appendices include suggestions for breakfasts and lunches, using produce from your garden, recipes for special events and holidays, essentials for the kitchen, tips and ideas, making a few typically store-bought items from scratch, and some advice on family meal time (including suggestions to get children to try new things!). All in all, this is a great, practical resource for any busy mom struggling to shop and pull together meals each week! I know our family could have benefited from this approach when I was growing up! – Jess

  • Item #: 045857
    ISBN: 9780983099666
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    We had a customer request for this book. The first reviewer in our office after spending a little time with the book suggested that it was a new approach to homeschooling – somewhere between classical and the principle approach. Another remarked (without a close look at the book) that she thought it was associated with unschooling. Actually, both observations have merit. Sometimes called Leadership Education, the goals of an education styled after that of Thomas Jefferson seeks to teach its students how to think and prepare them to be leaders in their home and communities, entrepreneurs in business, and statesmen in government.

    The author describes four phases of learning: Core Phase (years 0-8) when learning is the product of the structure and flow of family life providing a rich learning environment and a culture of self-education. Love of Learning Phase (ages 8-12) requires exposure to many areas of human knowledge, high standards of quality, and areas of exploration and skill-building. Scholar Phase (ages 12-16) when the student is ready to apply a new level of effort to personal academic achievement through the process of commitment and accountability and is exposed to a variety of options in materials and classic works. Depth Phase (ages 16-22) marked by a profound hunger to prepare for oncoming responsibility and future contribution to society.

    In America today we have three types of education – conveyor belt (move everyone along on the same track teaching them what to think), professional (prepare for a particular career teaching them when to think), and leadership education (prepare to lead teaching them how to think). The first two are based on the myth that it is possible for one human being to educate another. But author Oliver DeMille says “No!” Teachers teach and students educate (themselves). And a Thomas Jefferson Education is all about students becoming excited about learning and applying themselves to their own education. The means by which this is accomplished? Mentors and Classics – the two types of teachers that consistently motivate student-driven education. Mentors inspire through the transfer of knowledge, the force of their personality, and individual attention. The Classics were created by other great teachers to be the experiences of life found in books, art, music, and other media. DeMille goes on to describe characteristics of the mentoring relationship, how to teach using the Classics, and the learning environments conducive to successful mentoring. Other chapters include how to implement a TJEd in the public schools and in colleges, a look at leadership careers, and how statesmanship can make a difference in our society. He concludes the book with some excellent appendices – 100 Classics, Classics for Children & Youth, Sample Discussion Questions (covering 26 Classics), a recommended reading list, and a section called "Putting Thomas Jefferson to Work", which features step-by-step instructions for integrating the Thomas Jefferson Education into your family's life. 198 pgs, pb. Janice

  • Item #: 039229
    Retail: $64.99
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    From one homeschool mom to another. Everything in this program is designed to communicate "I'm a homeschool mom that taught my kids to read. It's easy. It's fun! You can do it, too. Have a great time." And I'm sure if you follow Diane Hopkins' step by step approach wrapped with loving teacher-student interaction, that's exactly the result you'll get. After going through the just-the-right-size (25 pages) Teacher's Guidebook and looking through the brightly colored cardstock that makes up the program, I'm happy with the appearance of the product and really, really impressed with the content.

    Starting at the very beginning, Mrs. Hopkins has boiled the entire process down into eight steps. And even if step seven (teach phonics units containing two or more letters) has seventeen parts, she's still managed to make a homeschool mom's most fearful task into something that seems remarkably ordinary and doable.

    The package contains the Happy Phonics Guidebook, "My Big Book" (an almost-to-the-end-of-the-program-reader) and lots of printed, brightly colored paper and cardstock – flashcards, game components, first little readers and spelling lists. The Guidebook contains the Eight Steps along with specific how-to instructions for each step. The essence of the program is to introduce the phonics concepts a few at a time and then play games for retention. The author suggests that lesson time be about 10 minutes a day, but you may want to factor in more time to play the games over and over just because the student wants to.

    The Guidebook is extremely user-friendly and written in first-person, mom-to-mom form. The step-by-step instructions are straight-forward and easy to follow. All references to the games and other supplementary material are coded with little symbols found on the colored sheets. Practically foolproof! But just to be sure, there's a chart that lists which games/components are used with each teaching step. There's also a chart clearly laying out those seventeen phonics units that make up step seven. And, of course, the teaching aids are clearly marked for each unit.

    The teaching progression is common sense. Alphabet song; capital letters match lowercase letters; the main sound for each letter; blend letter sounds to form a word; teach common non-phonetic (sight) words; teach vowels that can make a second sound; teach through the phonic units; READ. Although she doesn't consider them absolutely necessary, the author does mention supplementary material that she likes and that her children have enjoyed – Lauri perception puzzles, Leap Frog Phonics Library, and the Explode the Code books. In fact, she changed her original letter presentation order (used with her older children) to conform to the Explode the Code books for her younger children and in this program. She also suggests various supplementary readers.

    The games and other reinforcement activities are obviously a central component of this program. Some preparation is involved, usually just cutting cards apart. I would be inclined to laminate (or cover with clear contact paper) some of the frequently-used cards and game layouts if I thought it likely I'd be using the program with a number of children. The games include some adapted favorites like Phonics Bingo and a number of creative originals like the Y Not? Game. The line art of the game components is not high tech graphics but still communicates the concept and looks inviting. Components of the games are color coded, with the little symbols marked on each game piece, so that you can easily unscramble things if they don't always get put away neatly.

    This program fits into the "complete program" category of phonics instruction, as it includes systematic phonics, reinforcement, and reading practice. The program gets your student reading on his own in an enjoyable way. Please note that it does not cover advanced syllabication, prefixes, and suffixes that tend to be found in second/third grade levels of some phonics programs. But it is an enjoyable program that will build the confidence of a newbie and provide ease of instruction for busy homeschooling mothers. All for a very reasonable price! - Janice

  • Item #: 028847
    ISBN: 9781616340261
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    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to "teach as Charlotte did". Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, "prepared dictation to teach spelling" which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memory—the chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can "take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s)". After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a child's mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your child's own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books' exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-"I am; I can; I ought; I will." The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of '"What the Wind Brings."

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 023927
    ISBN: 9781932786576
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    Written in the style of Hillyer's Child's Geography of the World, this introductory geography study incorporates lively, current text, recommendations of additional books to enjoy, narration, notebooking, and other fun activities, too! Geography of the earth is approached as if you and your children were taking a journey through and around the earth, learning everything about the Earth as a whole (individual continents and countries will be studied in upcoming volumes). Eleven chapters each focus on a geography topic, including the atmosphere, the continents, the oceans, seasons, climate, weather, the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, latitude, and longitude. The author recommends spending two days on each chapter; one to snuggle up and read the text together, and the other to spend on the activities. Taking basic information like ocean currents, the rotation of the earth and plate tectonics and presenting them to children in an exciting way could have been a challenge, but the author has done a very impressive job here and has taken great pains to present the information in a personal way that children will understand and often be awed by. Occasionally the text is broken up by a "Tell the folks at home all about it!" which acts as a narration prompt. The narration jogs kids' memories about what they have read so far and helps them to remember it by describing it in their own words. To take this the next step, the author recommends that you and your child or children pretend you're on the phone while they tell you what they've "seen" in their journey. Each chapter's text ends with a "Postcard Home" which further embodies the "journey" theme. Postcard templates are found in the back of the book, or can be printed from online resources.  For each chapter, children will create their own postcard of the journey, in which they draw what they have learned on the front and describe it on the back, as if they were describing it to a recipient. Dressing up the ordinary "notebooking" as making postcards is a novel idea that will undoubtedly be a little more fun! After this point in every chapter, there is a "Reaching Out to His World" section, which ties the concepts from the text into a need that people around the world experience. Suggestions for further research and outreach are included in each one, so you can not only learn about the earth but develop a heart for helping others, too. "Further Explorations" in each chapter list books which tie in to that topic, and each book is listed with a summary and a grade range the book is most appropriate for. Two "Too-Fun-to-Resist Excursions" round out each chapter, and although they're not "required," I can understand why they call them too fun to resist! Some of the activities include mapping the location of shoes found washed up on shore (after containers of them were lost to the sea) to investigate ocean currents, making an edible earth, identifying rocks, doing an "earth dance," making volcanoes, looking for pictures in the shapes of the continents, and much more! These activities have clearly not been "tacked on" just because they are related to the chapter's topic; they are well-chosen and things that kids will definitely enjoy. An appendix at the end of the book contains the postcard templates, geography copywork and maps you will need throughout your journey. What a fun and appealing way to study world geography as a family! I just hope "Vol. 1" means that more are on the way! Jess

  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 044070
    ISBN: 9780756637477
    Retail: $12.99
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    This older cousin of the Funny Phonics game achieves the same standard of replay-ability and motivating fun in practice, only with the goal of learning parts of speech. Up to four sentence constructors can play. Durable game board, double-sided player boards and cards offset the somewhat flimsy 12-sided cardstock die (that you may need to reinforce with tape!). Strategy, chance, and changing outcomes keep game play exciting. There are two levels of play. The shorter version, for younger readers, requires them to make only two, six-word sentences using four parts of speech: nouns, adjectives, articles, and verbs. If you are playing with even younger children, you can play with just nouns, adjectives, and verbs (by folding the player boards differently). The longer version requires two complete sentences, each using 2 adjectives, 2 nouns, a verb, article, and preposition. The 136 word and picture cards are color-coded by function and stacked in piles by color on the game board. Players move around the board depending on rolls of the die and/or instructions on the game board, collecting part of speech cards. If they're lucky, they'll roll or land on a space that lets them choose "Any Card", giving them an edge in completing sentences (more quickly and sillier). Word cards must be read (most are simple words and sight words) to be won. Sentences are constructed from collected cards by placing them on the correctly labeled (noun, verb, etc.) squares on player boards. The winner is the first person to make two silly sentences and read them aloud. Depending upon the reading level of your children, you may control the type (word or picture) of card used or its difficulty – or even use two separate decks for differing reading abilities among players (You can always expand play, too, by making some of your own cards to use with the game). It's a great little game for practicing sentence construction and parts of speech in an entertaining context.

  • Item #: 011655
    ISBN: 9780980030211
    Retail: $24.95
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    "Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature Vol. 1." If you're learning to write, why not learn from the best? It's a great concept that's well-implemented in this new writing offering by Jill J. Dixon, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Focusing on descriptive writing, Jill has chosen some of the best literary passages as models, including excerpts from:

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Describing an Object)

    A Christmas Carol (Describing a Place)

    Robinson Crusoe (Describing a Character)

    Wind in the Willows (Writing a Dialogue)

    "Gift of the Magi" (Writing a Short Story)

    "Ants and the Grasshopper" and "Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf" (Writing a Fable)

    "Paul Revere's Ride (Writing Poetry - Ballad or Narrative)

    Each of these nine units is broken into ten 15-to-45-minute daily lessons - though Jill cautions not to progress too quickly if a child has not mastered a skill. Objectives for each day are asterisked and should be read by the teacher before beginning each unit. Since lessons are addressed directly to the student, the program will require minimal teacher time in actually completing each lesson. You will need to do some preparatory instruction, dictation (once per unit), and check work completed. Each unit begins with an excerpt from a "classic", includes a good amount of grammar (parts of speech) instruction, some mechanics, has the student find another good example of the genre being studied (and doing some comparative / grammatical analysis), and culminates with student writing and proofreading. Every unit also includes a dictation exercise from the included (or another) classic excerpt. The student is then to check his result against the written copy. Units are systematic, instruction is clear, and the whole course is well-organized and ready to pick up and go. Jill has included several helps and references also, in the back of the volume. The first is a sheet on "The Characteristics that Make the Best Writing The Best". This is used as the basis for discussion of supplied and found excerpts. A proofreading checklist is included to encourage and help with self-editing. For the parent is a helpful sheet on grading criteria. My only dispute with this is the point (out of five) given for having a "topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end of each paragraph". Just skimming the excerpts included confirm much "great" writing is not "formula" writing. I agree that a beginning writer may need to start out this way - but it makes for boring writing if you insist each paragraph be structured so. Additional Literary Passages for Modeling Writing are included and listed by genre so that you can continue or reuse these lessons again and again with different literature, if desired. For the teacher and student is a How to Write Guide that takes you through the steps for each type of writing. And, lastly, a key to the parts of speech exercises in included for you. All in all, there is a fair amount of grammar and mechanics instruction included in this volume in the context of writing and proofreading, though the author suggests supplementing with Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Editor in Chief or Great Editing Adventures if you feel you need more specific or intensive instruction. Other recommended materials are a dictionary and thesaurus for each student. A writing or grammar handbook would also be helpful - especially if your skills are a little rusty. Permission to reproduce is given for the excerpts and the proofreading checklist. These are the only consumable components, and each student will need his own. All in all, this program looks like a well-organized, easy to use, effective writing program that I'm personally eager to try!

  • Item #: 040051
    ISBN: 9780756061548
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
    Manipulatives and games are a great way for children to learn. These cubes allow you to come up with your own games for any subject. Cool Cubes are made of lightweight foam and measure 3". They come in a set of four - one each of pink, yellow, blue, and green - and there is a 2.5" dry-erase writing surface on each side of the cubes. Pick a topic, any topic, and let the games begin. Use them for writing prompts, role-play, and parts of speech for language arts review. Play matching games for social studies review with geography, countries, states, capitals, presidents, and more. Math facts can be fun to practice with these oversized cubes, and science vocabulary can be learned with a roll of the dice. Each set includes the four cubes, a dry-erase marker and a sheet of suggestions for use. Versatility in a product is as important as price, and the possibilities of this set are limited only by your imagination. ~ Donna
  • Item #: 012264
    ISBN: 9780913063026
    Retail: $27.95
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    Originally developed as a software package, the success of this simple, phonetically-based program encouraged the publication of The Reading Lesson book. The Reading Lesson is broken into 20 lessons, intended to be done side-by-side with a parent or teacher. A correlating Reading Lesson CD-ROM is available from the publisher, which features animations, audio and simple games. However, the book can be used on its own, and at this time the book is the only component we are offering.

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

  • Item #: 050101
    ISBN: 9780971787452
    Retail: $26.95
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    If you can train yourself in the habit, keeping a nature journal offers not only the opportunity to continually hone artistic skills, but also provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, develop a deeper appreciation for nature, enhance penmanship and writing abilities and become a precious keepsake for years to come. This guide takes students lesson-by-lesson through developing their own nature journal and building the skills they'll need to capture examples of nature's beauty. Created by Barry Stebbing, author of the How Great Thou Art courses, these lessons are formatted similarly with short, easy-to-read lessons and a related assignment. There are 47 lessons total, the first segment focusing on assignments that can be done in the classroom, and later assignments which students will get to head outdoors to do. Lessons include designing the journal cover; learning how to appropriately frame the page; creating various tones in green and brown, and drawing specific objects or scenes such as onions, vines or tree trunks, landscapes, night scenes, farm animals, feathers, insects and much more. The lessons are illustrated with a variety of related drawings (both color and black-and-white) by Barry, some of which serve as examples to copy, and others to provide inspiration or examples for students' own drawing. The last piece of the book provides several blank journal pages with lines, a space for an inspiring quote and blank areas for drawing. You'll need a few specific supplies to complete the lessons, including a hardbound journal, a legal pad, a rubber band, colored pencils, a drawing pen, a writing pen, glue stick, tape, washable markers, a #6 watercolor brush (to use with the markers) and semi-gloss paper. Especially if you're not already emphasizing art in your curriculum, a course in nature journaling can provide your students a rewarding, creative tie-in to your science, English or even handwriting program – and get them outdoors to enjoy that sunshine! – Jess

  • Item #: 041921
    ISBN: 9780979505102
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    Subtitled "Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age," I could see this book serving as a great introduction to Latin for the family who is not sure they want to jump right into a full-fledged Latin course. Of course, it would be just as useful for an older student (or even Mom and Dad), if they have never studied Latin but want to learn it on their own. The course was designed out of necessity by author William E. Linney, after he was asked by a relative to teach Latin to her children. He set out looking for a course that would not require a Latin teacher, was self-paced, self explanatory, offered lots of practice exercises, was non-threatening, and inexpensive. When he couldn't find a course that suited his needs, he designed this one. The book contains 134 lessons, which are short (usually less than a page in length), un-fluffy, and incremental in progression. Lessons strike a nice balance between introducing new vocabulary, explaining simple grammatical concepts, and memorization of noun and verb forms. No lesson covers all of these tasks, but instead focuses on one objective and covers it well. Lessons that introduce new Latin vocabulary feature a new Latin word, its English meaning, and sometimes a pronunciation tip. This is usually followed by about ten sentences to translate. Lessons on grammar are also bite-sized, and different forms and cases are introduced gradually. As they are introduced, they are added to a chart, and students will translate sentences that use the forms and cases that they have learned. As charts are filled with endings or forms, students may be asked to memorize them, to aid in future lessons. Just for fun, "Latin Expressions" are scattered throughout the book. In each one, the author takes a common Latin phrase like "caveat emptor," or "etc." and explains the Latin history behind each phrase. Don't underestimate how these little "sparks" of knowledge whet your appetite to learn more! By the end of the book, students will have stockpiled basic vocabulary of around 100 words, be comfortable translating simple sentences in Latin, and have a grasp of basic Latin grammar.

    There are a couple of aspects of this course worth noting. First of all, because the book is more of a text than a worktext it is not designed to be consumable. For translation purposes, the author recommends translating the sentences in a separate notebook. If extra practice is desired, you may wish to translate the sentences back to the form given in the lesson. Secondly, while we all realize that pronunciation is very difficult to teach "out of a book", the author has considered this, and has come up with an ingenious solution. He has provided MP3 audio files free of charge on his website, which can be downloaded and used with the lessons. As an added bonus, you can choose from either classical pronunciation or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Audio commentary on the lessons and a host of other helpful resources is also included on the website. Lastly, this course would be excellent prep for an older student who will be studying Latin in high school or college who hasn't had the benefit of laying a basic Latin foundation earlier in life. Upon completion of this book, I think students would be more ready to tackle Lingua Latina, Oxford University Latin, Henle Latin, or Cambridge Latin, than if they were starting off cold. Latina Christiana I or other complete courses designed for younger students could also be considered reasonable continuations, although there would be much more overlap/review between courses. This is a terrific way to get started in Latin and I am glad that the author did not find what he was looking for to teach Latin, because he has certainly written a course that fulfills all of his goals! – Jess

  • Item #: 039063
    ISBN: 9780978503765
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    It was a different way of life, being a pioneer in the west, and perhaps hard for some to really imagine. Well, imagine no longer. The 25+ roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-stuck-in projects of all different kinds will bring you face to face (from the comfort of your own home, of course) with life as a pioneer. Build replica sod houses, log cabins and covered wagons; make your own 3-D maps, pemmican, and butter; cross-stitch, journal, garden, and more. History really opens up through the facts, anecdotes, biographies, trivia, and great activities in this book. Well-illustrated with pictures and maps, this 122 page softcover book is sure to please. Zach
  • Item #: 028857
    ISBN: 9781616340278
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to "teach as Charlotte did". Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, "prepared dictation to teach spelling" which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memory—the chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can "take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s)". After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a child's mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your child's own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books' exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-"I am; I can; I ought; I will." The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of '"What the Wind Brings."

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 025888
    ISBN: 9781603425315
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    More structured than a nature journal, this "outdoor workbook" is a great tool for families and students who prefer some guided instruction and inspiration as they observe, record, and learn from nature throughout the year. It features a varied, interactive format that kids won't soon get bored with, great forms for observation you can print from the publisher's website, and lots of terrific activity suggestions. The book is divided into three parts: "How to Be a Naturalist," "Learning the Sky," and "Exploring Nature." The first part introduces students to the skills and tools of the naturalist, provides suggestions and forms for setting up a nature journal, offers ideas for observation and appreciation (listing species that live in your neighborhood, making a "nature arrangement" or using observations to write a nature poem), and even includes quick drawing lessons that all culminate in an "field expedition." Because weather plays such a large role in nature, it gets its own chapter, and students are encouraged to draw the sky over different days and times, "read" clouds, draw a weather map, learn why we have seasons, play with shadows, keep a moon journal, discover nocturnal animals, learn three constellations and write a sky poem. The majority of "Exploring Nature" is organized by month (January-December) and provides specific activities and mini-lessons on seasonal nature topics. In March students will learn about the spring equinox, check for life in small pools of water and streams, turn over logs and rocks, draw birds, observe and draw budding twigs, and much more. In August, the focus is on water (the book assumes a family vacation here!) and students learn about the water cycle, find out more about a local stream or river, experiment with water, learn about water creatures, find sources of water in nature, keep a nature journal on vacation, and sleep under the stars. Several forms are provided for all months, including "Nature Notes" and "Nature Quest" forms, and a blank page for a "Picture of the Month." You can print more of these online for ongoing observation projects. Quite a few helpful resources for parents can be found in the appendix, such as safety information, suggestions on how to use nature journals in teaching and how to use the book to meet state curriculum standards, a bibliography (including suggested field guides and books for kids), recommended websites and a list of nature organizations. If you're new to nature studies and looking for some time-saving forms and activity suggestions, this is a resource to consider – and its reasonable enough you may want to get each child their own copy. – Jess

  • Item #: 019409
    ISBN: 9781556524578
    Retail: $18.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Personally, I love these activity guides. They're well done, tell a good story, give a lot of good details, and offer some really neat projects to accompany the study. This study is especially interesting, as it focuses on a period of history that is normally not covered in any great depth - that of the ancient Israelites, the Phoenicians, and the Philistines. Several important aspects of each of these three civilizations are studied, including their history, architecture, clothing, language and writing, work, food, and religion. A nice timeline is included at the beginning, featuring a strip for each individual civilization, so you can see what was going on in each of the other countries at the same time. An introduction gives you the basics on the land you will be studying, as well as the time period - from 1200 B.C. to 538 B.C. Then we jump into the Israelite section. Much information as to Israelite history is drawn from the Bible, although, since the book is from a secular publisher, it is not taken to be infallible evidence. Much archaeological evidence is cited for the history of each civilization as well, which is fascinating, and sparks some neat projects! Each topic is discussed in each civilization on several pages, in a highly readable and interesting style packed with pictures such as artifacts and preserved buildings. Interesting related facts are frequently included off to the side. As mentioned above, the activities are great, and enough of them are included so you can pick and choose to suit your time and interests. For instance, in the Israelite section, you may construct a model pillared house, complete with some spare furniture, write in the ancient Israelite alphabet on a smashed pot, make your own stamp seal, create a model terrace farm, carry water on your head, stomp some grapes into juice, cook up an ancient Israelite meal, and making a blessing scroll. That's not all; I'm sure the kids will also really get into making a costume for each civilization, including headwear and other accessories, such as jewelry. Including an activity guide like this in your history studies will definitely add some spice - and a lot of fun! - Jess

  • Item #: 041056
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $59.00

     We often get requests for online products, and these two programs were specifically requested. Reading Eggs and Mathseeds combine printed materials with fun, interactive online lessons for complete curriculum in the areas of reading and math. Online lessons are available through a 12-month subscription (for one child); this gives you access to the different levels of the program. Use the printed readers and workbooks with the Reading Eggs online lessons for a complete reading program, and the workbooks with online Mathseeds lessons for a complete math program. Workbooks can be used alone if you just want practice (no lessons) with answer keys included at the back of each. Note that the workbooks are the same pages as those that can be printed with the online subscription.

    More About Reading Eggs

    Reading Eggs is a reading program for grades K-6 that incorporates games and videos to make learning fun. There are four levels of the program – Reading Eggs Junior (First Steps) for 2 to 4 year olds, Reading Eggs (Ready for School) for 4 and 5 year olds, Reading Eggs (Practice Makes Perfect) for 6 and 7 year olds, and Reading Eggspress (Reading for Meaning) for 7 to 13 year olds.

    When you purchase your online subscription for the lessons, you will be sent an e-mail the next business day with your activation information. Set up your account by adding the student information (subscription is for one child), and you’re on your way. The online subscription offers reward games, progress tracking, printable worksheets (same as the workbook pages), and online books, and it also offers access to apps that can be loaded onto your tablet for play anywhere. This program is an award-winning, research-based phonics and reading program that will be sure to engage and teach your readers.

    More About Mathseeds

    Mathseeds is an interactive online math program for the younger learners in your family. There are 200 lessons geared toward ages 3-9, and new content is added often. Every lesson introduces and models a concept and is then followed by activities, an e-book reinforcing the concept, and then a reward of a hatching e-pet. Children work through virtual maps of different ecosystems, and the e-pets are animals that might be found in that area. A multiple-choice quiz is given after every 5th lesson, which comes with its own rewards. There are 50 lessons per grade level K-3, but these could be used whenever your student is ready. The first 20 lessons at the K level are for students with no math skills, so they could be used younger. Lessons 21 – 50 begin to develop foundational math skills. The rest of the lessons build upon previously learned skills in the program, so you’ll want to do them in order. Printable activities provide written practice for the lessons taught online.

      The online subscription is a 12-month access code for use with one student. With access, you will receive lessons, printables (same as the workbook pages), tracking of student progress, and a downloadable app for your tablet. Children will love the interactivity of the online lessons and the surprises that hatch along the learning path. Print workbooks for Mathseeds are available on our site as a separate purchase if it's easier than printing the activities online.

  • Item #: 040097
    ISBN: 9780974180571
    Retail: $39.00
    Rainbow Price: $37.95

    Produced with Wanda Sanseri's permission but by a different publisher. CDs provides a reading of all lists in the W.I.S.E. Guide in the manner outlined in the Guide – word, sentence, word. These can be a tremendous help to the busy homeschooling mom working to implement the SWR program. After the initial introduction of the spelling list to her students, each student can review the list on his own time and at his own pace – just provide the student with a headset and show them how to use the "pause" button. The lists are contained on five CDs with the sixth CD containing the lists from the diagnostic tests.

  • Item #: 028910
    ISBN: 9781616340292
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to "teach as Charlotte did". Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, "prepared dictation to teach spelling" which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memory—the chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can "take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s)". After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a child's mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your child's own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books' exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-"I am; I can; I ought; I will." The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of '"What the Wind Brings."

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 028863
    ISBN: 9781616340285
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $24.95

    Based on the principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator during the late 1800s, this spelling series gives guidance to families seeking to "teach as Charlotte did". Miss Mason firmly believed that education should influence the whole child and not just fill a brain with useless information (twaddle). One of the greatest gifts she gave to the education community was the focus on living books - books written by someone with a passion for a subject and not just someone seeking to teach for the passing of a test. She believed greatly written books could be the foundation of all learning. In her writings, she describes, "prepared dictation to teach spelling" which is the foundation of this new series. You may be wondering how prepared dictation works. In this approach, children are provided a passage to study before being required to write from memory—the chief object being for a child to become familiar enough with the words that he can "take in (a photographic sense) a detailed picture of the word(s)". After reviewing the passage, the child studies it for several days, with an intent focus on the words he does not feel competent spelling. When the child feels confident to spell each word correctly, the teacher will dictate the passage, one phrase at a time, monitoring for errors. If errors are noticed during the exercise, the teacher is directed to cover the incorrect spelling to prevent the misspelling from becoming engraved in a child's mind. This process of study and dictation will vary but should generally take less than a couple days to one week for each passage. Sound complicated? It may feel that way initially, especially if your only exposure to spelling has been through endless word lists. Thankfully, Mrs. Shafer does an excellent job of presenting the Charlotte Mason philosophy as it applies to spelling along with word study tips and detailed instructions for the dictation experience. Not only has she presented the background information equipping you to teach spelling in this manner, she has also provided an exceptional collection of writings. Included within these pages are speeches, letters and quotations from famous people; poetry, Scripture (KJV), excerpts from great literature and other varied selections. An extensive index and bibliography are included. Each book contains 140 exercises, which means each book may last just under two years and allow you to work at your child's own pace. Books incorporate more than 12,500 words, including 6,000 of the most frequently used words in the English language, The five books' exercises are progressively longer and more difficult. For example Exercise 1 in Book 1 is a quote from Charlotte Mason-"I am; I can; I ought; I will." The exercise in book 1 is a five-stanza selection of '"What the Wind Brings."

    You may notice that this series does not begin until grade 3. Miss Mason firmly believed that spelling was unnecessary before the late elementary years, giving children the opportunity to familiarize themselves with written language before embracing the task of spelling well. Available individually or as a set. Spiral Bound. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 027113
    ISBN: 9780936163963
    Retail: $64.99
    Rainbow Price: $62.95
    "Eighty-five percent of audience members cannot remember the main point of a speech immediately after hearing it." This statement made by Jeff Myers in the DVD portion of this program is shocking. How can you be a great communicator if most of your audience doesn't even remember what you said? Jeff Myers shares six steps to help you become a great public speaker and overcome that statistic in this program. The kit includes a student text, a 6-session DVD series, and a CD-ROM teaching guide for a group setting. Beginning with lessons on shaping the student himself, he shares the effect that the ability to speak can have on one's entire life and helps students conquer their fear of public speaking. He then moves on to teach the characteristics that shape a great speech: gaining maximum impact, reaching the heart of the audience, delivering the talk with confidence, and tips for an unforgettable speech. Each step consists of an interesting book lesson and a 15-30 minute DVD segment. Every lesson begins with a story of a great communicator from history including Billy Graham, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill. You then turn to your TV to learn from Jeff, via DVD, the heart of each lesson. Jeff animatedly shares stories and advice as he talks you through each step. Pages in the book correspond to his lecture so you can follow along and take away the important points. The next section reviews the points Jeff shared in the DVD and goes in-depth with each as it provides specific insight and encouragement to help you apply each lesson to your own life and communication. Students are faced with thoughtful questions to answer in response to each strategy and provided with helpful outlines and worksheets in the personal application section of each lesson. Each chapter ends with a speech project, complete with a helpful outline, to enable you to incorporate the skills just learned into your public speaking. Outlines for additional types of speaking, such as introducing a speaker, making a presentation to one person, giving a eulogy, and other instances are provided in the back. Quotes from Jeff and famous people throughout history adorn each page to offer additional insight and tips. Please note that student texts are also available separately for multiple students. ~ Steph
  • Item #: 023268
    ISBN: 9780982776261
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

       You’re never too old, or young, to begin learning to write calligraphy, and this book is a great step-by-step product to get you started. You can use alongside the Getty-Dubay Handwriting series for K-8 (beginning with 2nd grade) or as a stand-alone program to learn the art of calligraphy. This 64-page book is the collaboration of Inga Dubay and a group of Portland State teachers over the course of 3 years and includes instruction for writing with edged pens, italic calligraphy, and the history of the art form. 13 introductory pages explain what you will be doing in the remaining pages. There are 20 worksheets for use with a 3.5 mm nib and 9 worksheets for use with 2mm nib. 17 historical charts show the progression of letter formation since the Roman era. Ruled line pages and blank historical charts are found in the back and are the only pages that may be copied. Pages follow a progression; students practice strokes, lowercase letter families, formal capital letters, then copy Hindu-Arabic numerals, poems, quotes, Greek & Latin root words, and 50 most used English words. Use what you have learned to make beautiful cards & letters to give as thoughtful gifts.

      There are some great resources at the author’s website, handwritingsuccess.com. Helpful videos will take you through the worksheets in the book and a worksheet generator lets you make your own practice worksheets in both the 3.5mm and 2mm nib sizes.  

      The author asks that you, “Slow down, enjoy the process of calligraphy, and fall in love with letters along the way!” ~ Donna

  • Item #: 022405
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $349.95

       Combine LEGO® with technology and Mindstorms® is the result. I have been told that Mindstorms® is one of the hottest kits on the market. From a science perspective, a kit like this meets the new STEM/STEAM push; from a Lego® perspective, this is a great kit with possibilities to take them to the next level. Build and program robots that can walk and talk – as easy as downloading the EV3 Programmer App for PC and Mac. You can even get the instructions for building more models at the LEGO® website – or create your own!

      This kit gets great reviews from all ages, because you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy building and creating with LEGO®. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 021517
    ISBN: 9780977264605
    Retail: $69.98
    Rainbow Price: $54.99

    Things without structure have a way of failing at the most inopportune times. Things without structure can tend to languish behind in the forgotten world of "I'll get to it when I have time." One of the most helpful and uplifting things for a Christian is to have a steady structure for spending time in God's Word – which is Life itself. Balancing the Sword is a meticulous study of the Bible, designed to give its users a comprehensive working knowledge of what the Bible actually says. Each volume of this two-volume set covers every chapter of all 66 books in the Bible, though each set of questions is different. With over 7,000 questions in all, the average verse to question ratio is 2.7. There are also 54,000 cross references, over 1,000 quotes from famous people who acknowledge the Bible's greatness, and over 1,000 illustrations, literal depictions, charts, and maps. The answers to all the questions are actually included, and space is provided on every page to make notes of things that occur to the reader along the way. The set now comes with the online Balancing the Sword Reading Planner software that will help you customize a reading schedule all your own. The software's flexibility is impressive and is compatible with a range of internet browsers, including Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. The code for accessing the software is included with the book set (this replaces the CD version of the software that used to be bundled with the set). The introduction in the books includes ideas and tips for getting the most from this comprehensive and dedicated Bible study program. Each volume is 589 pgs, hc. - Zach

  • Item #: 017132
    ISBN: 9780975854310
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.75

    This great book provides a step-by-step guide to writing research papers from a Christian perspective. The easy to use guide can be used as an aid to help write any kind of paper on any subject. Sixteen basic steps are given.These steps include a research questionnaire, what direction to take with your report, the index card method, creating a bibliography, skimming, info sources, interviewing experts, adding pictures and graphics, adding scripture, creating an outline, hooking your audience, introducing the paper, summing up information, footnotes, writing your paper, and finishing touches. Detailed instruction on each topic is given, along with a worksheet to help writers in the different stages of their report. Notes are included for both parents and students to get the most out of this thorough, easy-to-use guide. ~ Rachel S.

    034546 This book takes an intimidating topic - writing a research paper - and breaks it down into a manageable, even fun, step-by-step process. Each chapter focuses on one area or task in the writing process, and provides plenty of strategies, practice, examples and tips for handling that section smoothly. The chapters walk students through finding a topic, locating resources, researching that topic, writing bibliography cards, taking notes, outlining their paper, writing the first draft, revising and editing the draft into the final copy, writing the bibliography and presenting the final paper. The text is filled with clear instructions, visual examples, and helpful hints. Reproducible student activity sheets are also scattered throughout the book, providing the student small-scale practice before they apply the skills to their own research paper. At the end of the book you'll find evaluation rubrics and answers to the activities found throughout the book. Don't let the thought of a research paper overwhelm you any longer - use the steps and techniques in this book to turn them into a breeze. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 015647
    ISBN: 9781889209043
    Retail: $34.95
    Rainbow Price: $26.95

    A blank page can be a hard thing to fill. If your children are afflicted with that wide-spread problem, as I myself was during some of my homeschooled years (and which is probably as old as creative writing itself!), their struggles to write simple thank-you notes or lists of their favorite hobbies probably means they don't stand a chance if you ask them to write a story about a sailor shipwrecked in a storm. It is hard to imagine the difference a book like this would have made if my parents could reference it for the times they became too busy to write personalized stories for my reading and writing exercises – most likely a lot less doodling, slouching with boredom, and pencil breaking for sure. For both boys and girls, the 67 story starters in this book have huge diversity – adventure, humor, domesticity, explorations, and more. The starters vary in length, but each one draws the student in with an engaging style, creating a desired excitement to learn the end of the story – even if they have to write it themselves! The starters are accompanied by one or more very detailed black and white illustrations, a great way to enhance the imagination and help the creativity flow. Each starter also includes a prompt on how to continue the story and some "writing help" points for parents to use if their children need some more encouragement. Some also include an additional challenge exercise. However, this book is not simply about giving your students a starter to help them write a story, it is about giving them the help they need to "write as they have never written before." This means a certain amount of help from the teacher, and to this end the notes for the teacher in section one cover the idea behind the book, the flexibility of the book, attitudes, teaching tools, how to use the story starters, four different methods of narration, and motivation and grading. Section two contains the story starters, and section three, again for the teacher, is all about polishing the students' writing through sensory language; uses for verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; kinds of narrators; setting; and characters. The fourth section is for students who have advanced through the story starters in section two and now feel confident to start with a blank page and nothing but a picture to inspire their story. Twenty-four pictures are included in this section. The final section closes the book with some final notes on narration, an index of literary terms and techniques, and some additional writing resources. There is no set time frame for getting through this 458-page softcover book. Parents and students should pick and choose the story starters they want to do and the frequency with which they want to complete them. This resource is non-consumable and should be considered a supplement to your English course. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 008203
    Retail: $5.50
    Rainbow Price: $4.50

    And I thought Wikki Stix were just for fun! After glancing through this manual, I just had to order some of these wonderful, flexible little 'stix'! I couldn't believe all the things they can be used for. Wikki Stix are great for preschoolers working on letter formations and highschoolers working with geometry. You can use them on a coat hanger to attach shapes to make a mobile, to connect dots, as book marks, toddlers can use them on the walls (instead of crayons or markers!), you can use them to teach spatial relationships or for teaching symmetry and venn diagrams, chart explorers' routes on maps and globes, form constellations and 3-D scientific work, or just for fun!! This manual has so many ideas and hints I'm sure you can come up with more on your own! In this manual, there are ideas in using them with the 'sight-impaired' and for 'occupational therapy' uses. Oh, one more hint - wrap some on the end of a broom handle to retrieve something behind the couch or dryer. ~ Phyllis

  • Item #: 007597
    ISBN: 9780970040589
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.15

    Barry Stebbing is a firm believer in keeping an art journal. After all, if aspiring writers are encouraged to keep up a journaling habit, how much more valuable is it to artists as an opportunity to sketch, write, and practice new techniques? This helpful companion offers encouragement and advice to young artists as they begin and develop their own art journals. In the beginning of the book, Barry gives students plenty of reasons to journal, along with tips on how this book will complement other How Great Thou Art instruction books. He also offers instruction on getting started, including how often to journal, how to write descriptive entries that complement the sketches, and more. The remainder of the book is broken up to focus on the parts of the art journal, including penmanship, format, recommended art materials, drawing basics, and using pen and ink and colored pencils. In each section, exercises are included to build both art and writing skills and get artists comfortable drawing different subjects in pencil, pen, or other mediums. Advice, encouragement, quotes, and examples of the author's and other artists' journals are sprinkled throughout, giving the book a leisurely feel instead of a series of assignments. Designed to be an art journaling guide, this is not a complete instructional book, but it can easily be used alongside any How Great Thou Art materials, or even any other art program you are currently using. And why not? The benefits are endless – you're improving your writing and drawing skills while creating a memento you and others will enjoy looking back on for years to come! – Jess

  • Item #: 002290
    ISBN: 9781942454014
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.84

    Fabric crafts are a fun way for students to design and wear their own art. This set would make a great gift for that artsy tween/teen because it includes everything but the clothing and an iron! Ok, you might also need some colored pencils to plan out your design first, cardboard to keep your fabric taut while you create and brown paper when it’s time to iron. But let’s talk about what this kit teaches and includes! Inside you’ll find 10 colored stamp pads (each 1.25” square); a dark fabric marker; 10 foam geometric shaped stampers; 6 pages of cardstock stencils to use; and an inspiring idea book with room to plan original designs. The stencils have things like butterflies, peace signs, bows, hearts, fruit, stars, argyles, cupcake, doughnut, candies, numbers, locks & keys, even chains so you can design a necklace on a tee! Photo instructions are clear and simple to follow. Once you are done stamping, heat set your design with an iron and it will be hand-washable. The design book gives you so many ideas on creating patterns with the stamps and stencils. It was amazing to see chevron and hound’s-tooth created with the stampers! Use the marker to outline your designs or add details. While you can make simple designs, there is instruction to get really intricate too, making this a fun book for older kids who have a flair for fashion! Experiment with overlapping colors and how the colors change with the background fabric. A white tee is the simplest way to get started. I loved how the kids are encouraged to plan out their creations rather than just go for it. I think that element takes this from craft to fabric design. All materials are contained in one unit (14” x 9.5”) with the spiral book on one end and the materials at the other. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 000608
    ISBN: 9780988707030
    Retail: $120.00
    Rainbow Price: $110.00

    The cool thing about web design is that it is handy skill regardless of your child's future career path. Whether they start their own business or work for a Fortune 500 company, a firm grasp of web programming and design is sure to give them an edge over individuals who do not. This online course was created for students without any prior web design knowledge and will give them a good knowledge of HTML, XHTML, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. It contains two previously published courses (Beginning & Advanced Web Design), and combines them into a single year-long online course.

    When you purchase an online course, you will receive one pair of teacher/student coupon codes, which you can then activate on CompuScholar (please note that one-year subscriptions start when course is activated). The student has access to lessons, online text and quizzes and the teacher has separate access to a teacher guide, answers, and solutions.

    Beginning Web Design starts with the very basics. The student will learn what the internet is, how it works, and how URLs, mark-up language, and browsers function. Chapter lessons provide a lot of information, although it is very readable, friendly and is accompanied by screen-shots, tables, and graphics. Eager fingers will then hit the keyboard with the Work with Me step-by-step assignments and Your Turn activities which reinforce the information in the lesson. In a truly hands-on approach, students start on their first web site by the end of Chapter 3! As students progress, they apply the concepts they have learned to this ever-developing example web site featuring birds of prey. By the end of Beginning Web Design, theyll be ready to jump the nest themselves, creating their own website (on a topic of their choice) for the final project. Don't let the Advanced title on the second course scare you; it is just the next step. Chapter One starts with a quick refresher on HTML and CSS, then covers HTML5, headers and footers, adding video and audio content, learning CSS3, relationship selectors, dynamic menus, JavaScript, and dynamic pages all while building a website on sea creatures. Wow, at this point, I really want to use this course! It looks so approachable compared to the other basic web design books gathering dust on my shelf! This one is a solid choice whether your student is naturally tech-savvy or not. ~ Jess
    System requirements: Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS 10.7 or higher.