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  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
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    When you're homeschooling it makes sense to study nutrition as a family, right? After all, you probably are all preparing and eating the same meals, and meal planning and shopping may even be cooperative efforts (if not, Mom is probably overworked!). Nutrition 101: Choose Life! was written for homeschooling families by a team of four moms (including two homeschool moms) to educate families about the relationship between our bodies and the food we eat. It's a unique book in that it is part textbook, part reference, and part cookbook. It's also a beautiful book, with glossy, full-color pages and good quality illustrations and photos. Finally, it's also biblically-based with plentiful Scripture references (KJV version) and a constant reminder that we are charged with maintaining the incredible body systems that God endowed us with. The course is divided into six main units, covering the major body systems: the brain and nervous system; digestive system; respiratory system and the senses; muscular and skeletal systems; cardiovascular and immune system; and the endocrine system and emotions. Units are further

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 017343
    ISBN: 9781465408563
    Retail: $30.00
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    Transform your photos from amateur to professional looking with this elegantly presented book of clear tutorials, practical assignments, step-by-step projects, and inspirational examples. This photography guide is definitely for those who already know some photography basics and are familiar with their digital camera. It takes photography to the next level and helps you fine tune your artistic skills by developing your eye for composition, color, lighting, exposure, depth of field, and more. Photography subjects are presented in 20 tutorial masterclasses, with assignments for each tutorial that you can move through at your own pace. Examples of the same assignments are shown from other photographers around the world and how they interpreted them along with the difficulties they may have encountered. Once you have taken your photos, move through the digital manipulation tutorials to enhance your images in profound and beautiful ways. Become inspired by other master photographers in personal interviews where they share their secrets and experiences during their journey from amateur photo talking to making photography a professional living.

    This book is full of stunning photos and a wealth of valuable knowledge on the latest techniques set up in a clean presentation. Content is divided into four main divisions, starting with "Mastering Your Camera" containing the following tutorials: 1: Key Camera Control, 2: Exposure Control, 3: Tonality and Contrast, 4: Obtaining the Best Image, and 5: Obtaining Ideal Color. The next section, "Developing Your Skills" includes these tutorials: 6: Mastering Composition, 7: Perfecting Your Timing, 8: Using Available Light, and 9: Portable Sunlight. The third section, "The Digital Darkroom" contains these tutorials: 10, Perfecting the Image, 11: Manipulating the Image, and 12: Advanced Manipulation. The final section, "Advancing Your Photography" covers tutorials: 13, Travel Photography, 14: Portrait Photography, 15: Documentary Photography, 16: Landscape and Nature Photography, 17: Sports Photography, 18: Architecture Photography, 19: Wildlife Photography, and 20: Fine Art Photography. Once you've explored this incredible book, be ready to feel inspired to pick up a camera and start your own journey of capturing the beautiful world around you! 360 pgs, hc.

  • Item #: 015437
    ISBN: 9780980041200
    Retail: $13.95
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    Homeschooling mother Mary Ellen Tedrow developed this guide to help parents teach state history and to make sure students think about many different facets of their particular state. It's a very thorough guide that doesn't just give students the answers but prompts them to learn valuable researching skills and use resources like the phone book, encyclopedia, library, and even a congressman. The workbook is not state specific, so it works for any state. It is basically composed of 50 worksheets with blanks for students to fill in as they learn information about statehood, famous people from the state, historical or famous sites, taxes, natural resources, weather, physical features, and other history and statistics. Besides just researching and filling in blanks, students will also draw and color a state flag (and any past flag the state or territory may have had), go on a nature walk to observe and collect the nature of the state, interview someone and write an article about the worst storm they ever experienced in the state, observe and record weather patterns of the state for a month, and more. This non-reproducible workbook provides a great way to study your own or another state. 58 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • 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 #: 067830
    Retail: $224.95
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    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 #: 067259
    ISBN: 9781944244071
    Retail: $9.95
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  • Item #: 067258
    ISBN: 9781944244835
    Retail: $9.95
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  • Item #: 067257
    ISBN: 9781944244484
    Retail: $9.95
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  • Item #: 065569
    ISBN: 9781770938939
    Retail: $12.99
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    You don't have to commit to an art curriculum to work it into your day. Sometimes you just need some ideas, inspiration--and in this case--some famous works of art with projects that are created for you! There is a lot of "thinking" and "working" like an artist. Artists do see the world differently. I like this sort of book for a non-artsy parent who may think they can't teach art to their children. It would be great for a co-op or classroom too where you need some manageable art projects. I think the target age group makes this particular book special. It can be used by kids without much supervision, given some materials and a space to work. The projects are short and simple, but can be elaborated upon you choose. It is a good combination of art from famous artists with projects a child can do with a nod to those artists' work. For example, looking at Van Gogh's self portrait, try one of your own using big swirly brushstrokes. Another project is to look at an abstract painting by Picasso, draw some scribbly lines on a paper and find a picture within the scribble then coloring that in. There is papier mache, painting, drawing, block printing, paper crafts like a mobile, clay and more over 50 different artists and projects! Step by step directions are clear and easy to follow for a student or parent/teacher. You could work through it front to back, or randomly open to a page and do that one! I liked the clear instruction, variety of art and media, and the pick up/put down ease of this book. 8.5x10.25", 128pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 065119
    Retail: $19.95
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      What sounds better on a cold, winter day than a nice, warm bubble bath? And now you don’t have to worry about all the chemicals and additives that may be in many of those commercial brands. This fun kit from Kiss Naturals allows kids to make their own bubble bath with natural fragrances and colorant. Everything you need is included – bubble bath base, 2 scents, 1 colorant, 4 empty bottles to fill with your creations, measuring cup, stirring rod, and simple step-by-step instructions. Kit contains enough material to create four 30oz. bottles of bubble bath (2 baths per bottle). You can even give away your special concoctions as gifts! ~ Megan

    1CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 056729
    ISBN: 9781591866176
    Retail: $19.99
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    For many of us, nature studies have extended beyond the exploratory lessons and have become an extension of our lives. Immersing ourselves in nature fills us with a greater appreciation for our created world-the perfect balance in which every living plant, organism and creature intertwines.

    Designed for nature enthusiasts, this practical book provides month by month projects for the entire family. Each chapter begins with a region by region check list which corresponds to the USDA plant hardiness zone map (included for those of us who may be unsure of the zone in which we reside). Each month provides a wide range of projects and wildlife activities which allows you to pick and choose those that best fit your family. Instructions for projects are given clearly in a step by step format and many key steps are illustrated. A sampling of projects includes: building a bat box; making a mini-pond; building a simple toad sanctuary; building a butterfly hibernation box, plus many others. Abundant beneficial charts are included, for example: identifying bird eggs by nest position and color/dimensions of egg; identifying spider webs; and directories of wildlife plants/shrubs for gardens. The most exciting aspect of this activity-based book is that you do not have to have access to acres of land. Your own personal wildlife preserve is achievable whether you measure your yard in acres or feet. Nearly all the projects contained in this book are small scale and require only a few feet or yards of land. Beautifully illustrated, this book will please the discerning nature lover in all of us. 160 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 056615
    ISBN: 9780763645618
    Retail: $15.99
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    As a bird enthusiast, I am not easily impressed when a new birding for beginners type book lands on my desk. Many of the books are written from the same perspective - here is how to do it, and here is a catalog of common birds to go out and find. Taking a different spin on bird watching, this book piqued my interest level. Yes, it does begin with the basics necessary to the new bird watching enthusiast, but it narrows the focus to a location we all are familiar with…our own backyard (or sky outside our window for those without a yard.) The author walks you gently through the usual and unusual places that birds can be found and introduces the value of nature sketching.

    However, this is where the similarity to other introductory bird books ends. Beginning with the importance of observation, she leads children through bird identification by color and shape including the perched and flight silhouettes, bills, feet, and crests. She also encourages observation of behavior, sounds, habitats and other fine details before introducing the value of field guides, migration and classification. Bird sketching tips are intermingled throughout the text. An excellent introduction to bird watching or a valuable companion to the bird field guides on your shelf. Graphically detailed with colorful illustrations and textual information, reminiscent of an Usborne book. Recommended resources and web link provided. 55 pgs, hc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 055503
    Retail: $13.00
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    Be your own author and illustrator with this all-in-one set! This set contains everything you need to create your own tiny tales, including 3 hardcover white blank books, 10 mini markers, bookplates, and over 100 stickers. Each 24-page bitty book measures 4" x 5" and the books fit inside a sturdy book holder. The cartoon-style bookplates and stickers are black and white, ready for coloring. Animals, nature, holidays, sports, and people are some of the fun themes of the customizable stickers. Also included is a sheet with story starter ideas and other tips for writing and illustrating your own stories. The finished books make charming mementos of your child's creativity! ~ Lisa


  • Item #: 052136
    ISBN: 9780762780143
    Retail: $21.95
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    Boys' Life is a classic part of the Boy Scouts program – the magazine has been around for over 100 years now. As a Cub Scout, I always looked forward to it coming in the mail: getting to read stories of adventure, how-to and First Aid articles, and general guy-stuff (oh, and the comics of course). The Boys' Life Book of Outdoor Skills combines decades of Boys' Life content into a single volume, with fantastic articles on equipment, survival, how-to, and stories of Scouts in action. It's a literal treasure trove! This is one book that the Scouts in your family (or any other boys) will read over and over again. Not only is it just fun to read, it's fully illustrated (all of the full-color articles are left as they were originally published in magazine format) and super practical as well. There are articles about how to build your own canoe or snow cave (or indoor home rifle range, if you feel so inclined), how to treat heat exhaustion or hypothermia; stories about scouts surviving in the wilderness or climbing the Grand Teton, and of heroic rescues after bear attacks or fire accidents. There's always been something special about the Scouting program; it's had a huge impact in helping boys gain the skills they need in their lives as men. Plus, what boy doesn't like learning how to rough it in the wild and use knives and fire? 192 pgs., hc. – Chad

  • 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 #: 045027
    ISBN: 9780976291886
    Retail: $32.95
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    Barbara Shukin, creator of the History Portfolios, has assembled another delightful notebooking study, this time a nature study organized by the seasons of the year. Inside the sturdy binder you'll find student notebooking pages, notebooking materials and a parent guide. The pages are divided into three-month blocks: September, October and November; December, January and February; March, April and May; and June, July and August (yes, you can do nature study year-round!). Within each three-month block, there are five habitats, each with three subjects to study. The habitats include yards and gardens, woods and fields, ponds and streams, desert, and seashore. So, for example, in March, April and May you would study frogs, dragonflies and wild flowers in the "Ponds and Streams" habitat. There are 48 notebooking pages in all, with at least one facing two-page spread for each group of three subjects in a habitat. To use this as a year-long nature study you would need to complete 1-2 notebooking pages per week. Now before you jump in, there is just a bit of organization you will need to do. First you need to locate your resources for reading about the nature topics. A very helpful reading guide is included at the very end of the binder to aid you. This includes a detailed chart divided by season, habitat and subject, with recommended readings noted from Handbook of Nature Study, Take-Along Guides, Wonders of Nature Sketchbook, and other recommended picture books and readers. Although you can enjoy the course just as much by utilizing any other resources of your choosing, the author recommends these three resources in particular which you will be able to use throughout the study. You will also need to look at the parent guide pages and decide which activities you will want to complete from the list suggested, and if you need to make copies of any reproducible forms. Activity suggestions include ideas for observation of the subject, copywork from related writings on the topic, narrations based on the reading material you have chosen, classifying the topic by answering questions based on physical characteristics, and learning related vocabulary. When you have gathered your resources, it's time to have fun. You'll read about the topics, go outdoors and observe firsthand, then fill in the sturdy notebooking pages with the activities that you chose. The suggested activities, pictures and forms are recommendations, but you may also come up with your own ideas to fill in the blank areas on the notebooking pages. At the end of each season, you'll find a coloring page and a decorative page for copywork. Poems of the appropriate length are included in the parent's section if you choose to use them. I can't imagine a cozier, more open-ended way to study nature than spending a year with the Nature Portfolio. I love that the chosen nature topics are all common creatures that should be fairly easy to observe, and the study is very open-ended as far as how you fill the pages. The resources the author recommends will be a joy to read together as well. – Jess

  • Item #: 042949
    ISBN: 9780439504072
    Retail: $18.99
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    Providing a range of activities and ideas for teaching about each letter of the alphabet, this book is filled with reproducible pages to use in your classroom. The book is organized by letter, and the pages provided for each letter follow the same format. In writing this description, I will use the "a" pages as the example, with the understanding by you that these pages are duplicated for the other letters of the alphabet. The first pages offer a large uppercase "A" and a large lowercase "a." These blank letters can either be colored by the students or covered by them with something starting with that letter (acorns, apple seeds, airplane stickers, etc.). The next several pages (varies between 2 and 8) offer ideas for activities or things to talk about that begin with that letter. For example, you can learn about animals that start with "a," teach about acorns, help students learn their address, read a story about being afraid, look at an album, go apple picking, visit an aquarium, measure student's arms, make an "awesome aunt award," and talk about autumn. These are a just a few of the ideas provided – you can pick and choose however many you want or come up with your own. Some of the ideas could be built into a whole field trip; others can be completed within the comfort of your home in just a few minutes. These pages of ideas are followed by a list of additional "a" words that may come up naturally in conversation throughout the week. Next there is a page of labeled picture cards (objects that start with "a") and a page of word cards (words that start with "a"). A few ideas for using these are provided, or you can come up with your own activities. The last two pages of the section focus on writing. The first page holds lines for students to practice tracing and then writing "A" and "a"; the second provides more of the same along with lines for writing a few "a" words and a place to draw a picture of something that start with the letter "a." This last page is designated as a page for an alphabet book, so when students complete all of the letters you can staple them together to make their book. If you'd like to try having a "letter of the week" with your preschooler, there are certainly enough ideas here to last! 240 pgs.

  • Item #: 041001
    ISBN: 9781615385331
    Retail: $8.95
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    Take a walk, find something interesting (a fallen log, a patch of moss, a beetle) and encourage your child/student to take the time to observe, draw and write about what he sees. Each page has 5 large (dotted half-line) writing lines and a space to draw a picture (about 7 x 4) at the top. Younger students can tell you what they see while you write for them and they draw a picture. Older students can write a few sentences on their own. While you are creating a keepsake, children are learning to be curious about nature and practice their handwriting skills. A few pages at the beginning of the workbook explain some classifications children can include and there are some prompts if you need a little guidance on your nature walk. You dont have to find a lush forest; a yard or park will do the trick! Take a magnifying glass and some colored pencils with you. Each page has a verse from a poem or Scripture at the bottom. Memoria Press, 36pp (26 journaling pages), 8.5 x 11 pb ~ Sara

  • Item #: 031495
    ISBN: 9781939394002
    Retail: $47.95
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    The Way They See It is Artistic Pursuits for 3-5 year-olds (and their parents). It's formatted a bit differently from the rest of the series in that it is written to the parent to help them understand children's artistic development, as well as develop a child's creativity and fine motor skills. The book is composed of two main parts: "The Nature of Children's Artistic Development" and "First Skills." Each lesson contains a portion written for the parent followed by a project for the child. The parent's portion will help them appreciate and foster the child's creative process while also offering practical advice for tackling the project. 36 projects include finger-painting, looking at the colors of the sky and coloring a picture of the sky with crayons, rolling or pressing textured objects into dough, drawing a picture from life, creating a paper bag puppet, drawing a plant, drawing a life-size outline of the child and coloring it in, adding horizon lines to a picture and much more. Many projects also include art reproductions and accompanying questions about the art for discussion. The last section of the book provides guidance for parents to teach their children how to use art supplies properly, such as scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, tape, brushes and paint. For each tool, practical skill-building exercises are suggested. If you want to provide gentle but purposeful art instruction to your youngest students, this is an excellent resource to guide you.

    Materials used in each level are listed below each title. With the arrival of the 3rd edition books, we have tracked down all of the recommended art supplies and have made complete packages for each book. Where specific brands are recommended by the author, we have included those exact items. In other cases, we have tried to match the art supplies as closely as possible to what Artistic Pursuits offers in their own art supply kits. For more details on a supply item, see individual item descriptions in our Art Supplies section. - Jess

    Two pencils are needed at this level.

    Four panels are needed for the course.

    Two packages are needed for course.

    Four pencils are needed for the course.

    Two nibs are needed for the course.

    How Great Thou Art Text Courses

  • Item #: 030395
    ISBN: 9781572810198
    Retail: $6.00
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    No ordinary, boring deck of cards, this beautifully illustrated card set features 54 beautiful butterfly species. While opposite corners of each card feature the card number and suit, the middle of each card displays a full-color, lifelike portrait of a butterfly along with its common name. Each card in the deck (including jokers) features a different butterfly, so no two cards are alike. Deck is standard size, and cards are durable and coated. Design your own butterfly games for that insect unit, use as a take-off point in identifying and learning more about these species, or just use as a colorful substitute to your normal playing cards. - Jess

  • Item #: 029328
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.75
  • Item #: 028122
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Create fun soaps to keep or give to friends! Simply melt the glycerin in the microwave, add color and/or scents, pour in the molds, and let cool. Before you know it, you're ready for some good, clean fun! This kit comes with three 50g blocks of clear glycerin soap base, three 50g blocks of white glycerin soap base, 45g of purple, green, and red glycerin soap colorant (15g of each color), two stirring tools, 5 punch out and fold gift boxes, three plastic molds with 4-5 designs on each, and a directions/recipe book. Because the kit uses melt and pour glycerin, there are no potentially dangerous chemicals to work with. Each of the 50g blocks of glycerin is enough to make 3-5 soaps depending on which molds are chosen. The booklet shows how easy it is to melt the glycerin, but it also comes with lots of recipes for scents, exfoliation additives, and other ingredients to make skin healthy. While these are not included, many of them are probably available in your own kitchen if not the local grocery store. Such items include dried flower petals, cocoa butter, espresso beans, honey, Epsom salts, aloe vera, vanilla extract, and so much more! The booklet also explains the science behind how soap cleans, packaging ideas, and ideas to get you hooked. Perfect for your crafty child or as an intro into soap making. – Laura

  • Item #: 024775
    ISBN: 9781631590719
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

     

      Although intended to raise your own farm animals, this resource is just interesting for children of all ages – even mom and dad. Full of useful facts and features, use this to do some research before you begin raising and then while you raise your own animals. You’ll find an abundance of information, colorful pictures, and graphics about chickens, pigs, sheep & goats, cows, horses, and rabbits. Begin by picking the right animal(s) for your family. For each animal represented, you will find a description, how to feed them, the animal’s anatomy (along with diagrams), daily needs and chores, characteristics, communication, and many other tips that will help you raise healthy farm animals. A Q&A section found at the end of each chapter answers frequently asked questions. A list of resources to help you further explore each animal is found at the back of the book. Whether as a 4H project or raising animals at home, do some homework before taking on the task. 160 pgs, Flexi bound. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 021546
    ISBN: 9780486476452
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.75

    Rainy days, snowy days or just plain fun days call for some good, hands-on science-type projects. This isn't hard core textbook science but projects that will help your little one think about science and nature in an entertaining way. Included are 57 easy projects from acid rain, rubber chicken bones, rainbow milk, butterfly feeder, ice cream in a bag, feeding the birds, and more. Each project is printed in a blackline format so the little ones can color the pages and maybe put together their own science notebook of the projects. A minimal amount of background information with the scientific principle is offered about the subject (a few lines to a couple of paragraphs), a list of supplies (household items and recyclables), and the procedure to follow are included. You could use this book as a framework for science for your little ones or just use it to sneak some learning into your fun. 75 pages, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 014136
    ISBN: 9781610674089
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.34

      Looking for a unique way to teach through the seasons and inspire your child’s creative juices? Look no further! The process is simple really. Each 2 page spread provides 1-2 sentences about the simple picture to color. Once the coloring is finished, simply cut out the shapes on the corresponding page by following the dotted lines. As your child completes a seasonal picture it is added to the other seasonal pictures, creating a unique, multi-layer image of the season. One multi-layered picture is created for each of the four seasons, with instructions for a creating, “Make your own 3-layered scene” at the end of the book, allowing children to express their own style and personality. As a bonus, because the words are few in the multi-layer images, you can use their pictures as a creative story starter. Wonderful Science or Art supplement, as well as a makes a fun family project to give grandparents! You supply craft scissors and crayons. 96 non-reproducible pages. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 009836
    ISBN: 9781780677354
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    Nature journaling comes naturally for some children, but others need a little more guidance to release their inner naturalist. Combining guided activities and free journaling or sketching pages, children will learn about various aspects of our physical world and gain confidence in recording their own observations. Planet Earth, moon and stars, tree identification, flowers, insects, frogs and toads, moths and butterflies, seashells, birds, and more are introduced. While most activities center on drawing and reflecting, a few hands-on activities are included as well: for example, making leaf prints and growing sprout head.

    This nature journal's 8"x 11 ½" size makes it perfect for children to document their nature journey without the limitations smaller journals present. Bright colors, black-line illustrations and well-constructed pages and binding will allow storage of your children's outdoor reflections and memories for years. Sturdy, flexible cardboard cover. 224 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 007640
    ISBN: 9780876591123
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95
    These are very helpful compendiums of science activities especially conceived for the youngest "scientist". Each has an introduction, materials list, detailed instructions for you (including discussion and conclusion), plus a "Want to do more?" extension activity to use if you want to expand on the activity. The original book is somewhat less useful than the sequel. Although activities are great, the organization makes it a little difficult to find activities to go with a particular study. Basic units of organization include: On Your Own (Science Center Activities), Building with Science (Construction and Measurement), Science for a Crowd, Paints and Prints, Wet and Messy, Science to Grow On (Health and Nutrition), Learning About Nature (Outdoor Science), and Acting Out Science in a Big Way. Use the index to locate activities on particular science topics. The second book has a more useful organization. Basic units include: Colors, Crystals and Creations (Chemistry); How Things Work (Physics); Digging in the Dirt (Geology); How Hot, How Cold, How Windy, How Wet (Weather); Aerial Acrobatics (Flight and Space); Roots and Shoots (Plants); Houses for Slugs, Hideouts for Hamsters (Zoology); and How Much, How Far, How Many (Mathematics). A most welcome feature of both is the inclusion of a suggested minimum age for each activity.
  • Item #: 007638
    ISBN: 9780876591505
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95
    These are very helpful compendiums of science activities especially conceived for the youngest "scientist." Each has an introduction, materials list, detailed instructions for you (including discussion and conclusion), plus a "Want to do more?" extension activity to use if you want to expand on the activity. The original book is somewhat less useful than the sequel. Although activities are great, the organization makes it a little difficult to find activities to go with a particular study. Basic units of organization include: On Your Own (Science Center Activities), Building with Science (Construction and Measurement), Science for a Crowd, Paints and Prints, Wet and Messy, Science to Grow On (Health and Nutrition), Learning About Nature (Outdoor Science), and Acting Out Science in a Big Way. Use the index to locate activities on particular science topics. The second book has a more useful organization. Basic units include: Colors, Crystals and Creations (Chemistry); How Things Work (Physics); Digging in the Dirt (Geology); How Hot, How Cold, How Windy, How Wet (Weather); Aerial Acrobatics (Flight and Space); Roots and Shoots (Plants); Houses for Slugs, Hideouts for Hamsters (Zoology); and How Much, How Far, How Many (Mathematics). A most welcome feature of both is the inclusion of a suggested minimum age for each activity.
  • 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 #: 058354
    ISBN: 9781940110127
    Retail: $39.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.50

    This excellent (but optional) companion to the Apologia Biology course provides a place to keep everything together - module notes and lab reports. The introductory information includes a rubric for grading experiments, grade recording charts, parent notes/student notes, and most importantly, a daily schedule (no need for separate lesson plans). The module notes provide a uniform format for completing chapter notes, the On Your Own and Study Guide questions, and an (optional) modular summary. The consistent format is only one of the reasons you might choose this notebook option. Full-color illustrations (ready for labeling) as well as full-color dissection photographs would be other reasons. 604 pgs. spiral-bound