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  • Item #: 011870
    ISBN: 9781933407852
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia books are so rich in visual imagery and fascinating characters, it seems completely natural to incorporate art and crafts to bring the subjects to life. Thanks to Sharon Jeffus, you can easily do this, whether you're studying the books in school or just reading them for pleasure. In 56 pages, Sharon offers a variety of ways students can apply their own creativity to the subjects of Narnia, whether it be through pencil and paper, paint, clay, cardboard, or a craft project. Subjects examined are lions, heraldry, knights, armor, weapons, crowns, thrones, portraits, printing, rabbits, beavers, gargoyles, fauns, stags, trees, castles, birds, ancient writing, dragons, unicorns, and maps. Along the way, Sharon mixes in art concepts, including perspective, shading, using a grid, scale, and positive and negative space. Because the topics are chosen from the Narnia books, this is not a cohesive art program; rather, it's set up as a book you can wander through as you read through the Narnia books, choosing topics that suit your fancy. Topical lessons vary quite a bit in content, and may include a craft project, a drawing challenge, thought-provoking questions, creative challenges, a website to look up works of art, examining a given picture, learning an art principle, etc. The suggested activities are very open-ended, and would be easy to tailor to children of different ages. Occasionally, several different activity options are offered for a topic; some will appeal more to older children, and some to younger children. The instructions for an activity are very simple and freeform (more like suggestions), allowing as much adaptation as you want. As with their other very practical art books, you won't need any special art equipment for the lessons, just pencils, drawing paper, construction paper, glue, yarn, markers, crayons, and anything else you'd like to use. Also available is a CD-ROM which contains the entire text of the book in electronic form. If you're anxious to explore Narnia with all of your senses and sharpen your artistic skills at the same time, you'll enjoy using this book as an art companion.

  • Item #: 000116
    ISBN: 9780867170986
    Retail: $99.95
    Rainbow Price: $89.96
    Lifepac Set plus Teacher's Manual. You Learn With Your Eyes, You Learn With Your Ears, More About Your Senses, Animals, Plants, Growing Up Healthy, God's Beautiful World, All About Energy, Machines Around You, and Wonderful World of Science.
  • Item #: 067097
    ISBN: 9781426321115
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

     Chemistry, Biology and Life Science can all be taught in the kitchen! Measure pH balance in the baked cookies, reduce air pressure in and inflate a marshmallow, form solid crystals from maple syrup and make maple candy, or fool your senses and make a mock apple pie. This is just a taste of the delectable activities. Experiments use easy to find items and common kitchen tools. Each activity includes a supply and ingredient list, step-by-step instructions and science explanations. Colorful pages and illustrations. Glossary, Science standards and Index included. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057382
    ISBN: 9781571108104
    Retail: $32.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.03

    It may sound like a book for your child, but it's not! It's a book for you as you teach your child (or, in the orientation of the book, as you teach a classroom of children). And, an amazing resource it is! In an effort to get beyond standards-inspired writing formulas, the author has identified characteristics of beyond-the-norm writing – motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter – each becoming a chapter. His objective, then, is to teach the teacher how to teach. Chapters are determined to plunge you deep into the particular skills. Take, for instance, the chapter on Detail that covers these concepts: show rather than tell; come to your senses; share not-what-everybody-else-would-notice details; support with layers of facts; resources/quotes; select, summarize, expand/delete; and use grammatical structures to embed detail in your writing. These concepts are fleshed-out as teaching segments where the author gives you a step-by-step plan for presenting the concept to your students, including the use of lots of writing examples, organization charts, analysis, and suggested assignments. I particularly like the pithy, to-the-heart-of-the-issue quotes that he sprinkles into the sidebars.

    As you've probably guessed the author has well-defined ideas of what writing instruction is and isn't. His definition takes you way beyond formulas and test-preparation and into another realm – where writing is a transaction, a learned skill, freedom/power, and ignited passion. You'll want to come with him into that realm and you will definitely want your children to go there. The grade level (3-9) of this book is an interesting designation. With its obvious orientation of teaching the upper elementary and middle school teacher, I think it has other applications in the homeschool world. Obviously, moms teaching their own children or co-op classes will find much useful information and empowerment here. However, middle school or high school students could also profit from working their way through this book either independently or with a parent/mentor. I'm excited to imagine the wonderful writing that will be the result. 287 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000120
    ISBN: 9780867170276
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $62.96
    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Manual. Living & Non-Living, Plants, Animals, You, Pet & Plant Care, Your Five Senses, Physical Properties, Our Neighborhood, Changes in Our World, Looking At Our World.
  • Item #: 000119
    ISBN: 9780867171006
    Retail: $79.95
    Rainbow Price: $71.96
    Lifepac Set plus Teacher's Manual. Living and Non-Living, Plants, Animals, You, Pet and Plant Care, Your Five Senses, Physical Properties, Our Neighborhood, Changes in Our World, Looking At Our World.
  • Item #: 000118
    ISBN: 9780867170993
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $62.96
    Lifepac Set only - No Teacher's Manual. You Learn With Your Eyes, You Learn With Your Ears, More About Your Senses, Animals, Plants, Growing Up Healthy, God's Beautiful World, All About Energy, Machines Around You, and Wonderful World of Science
  • Item #: ECWHAN
    Retail: $90.00
    Rainbow Price: $62.95

    Looking for a solidly Christian and academically complete health and nutrition course for your high schooler? You may have just found it! Although this course was not available for an independent review prior to our catalog printing, it appears this course will meet the academic and value needs of homeschool families. Beginning with an overview of anatomy and physiology, this courses scope includes senses, genetics, macro and micro nutrients, exercise and diet. Emotional issues and mental illness, human value, culture, gender roles, families, socialization, communication skills and conflict resolution skills are also covered. Reproductive anatomy and physiology are covered including accurate illustrations and descriptions. Marriage, sexuality, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are discerningly explained, along with alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics necessary for our young people to understand for successful navigation in adulthood. This is handled gently, and respectfully, but parents should evaluate their young adults emotional and spiritual maturity prior to lessons. Over 50 projects are included in the text/student notebook which will not require a lab kit. The publisher states this will not meet a high school science lab credit.

    Unlike other Apologia courses, the Student Notebook is required for this course. Solutions are available online with course purchase. Apologia recommends the course be taken concurrently with their 9th grade Biology. Parents should discern their young person's ability and maturity. This one-year course will meet your transcript needs and prepare your student for college level courses. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 028847
    ISBN: 9781616340261
    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 #: 052094
    ISBN: 9780794533113
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.24

    Similar in some ways to See Inside Your Body, also by Usborne, this book is packed with more flaps to lift and geared for a slightly younger reading level. In thirteen study pages the book covers digestion, the circulatory system, bones and muscles, the brain, the senses, growing and healing. Most topics are presented on facing pages, with a combination of large and small cartoonish illustrations (all captioned), and flaps integrated on most of them. On the spread about the brain, much of the spread is devoted to a large illustrated flap with the brain, covered with small cartoons of what the different parts of the brain are responsible for. When you lift the main flap, you see an example of what happens when your body sends your brain a message, complete with numbered steps and a line to trace with your finger. The edges of the pages are filled with small illustrated flaps that introduce other facts about the brain: how it is made up of two halves, how the skull protects the brain, how much the brain weighs, etc. To add to the fun, many of these flaps are "nested" with additional flaps hiding underneath with even more information, and occasionally other pull-tabs and pop-ups incorporated as well. Little hands and eyes will find lots to explore here. – Jess

  • Item #: 003767
    ISBN: 9781929683543
    Retail: $18.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    This is the junior version of the Wordsmith program. Grades 4-6 are an ideal time to teach your kids the "tools" of writing. Of course, at that age, if it isn't fun, kids don't want to learn. Wordsmith does a great job of introducing vital writing skills in a fun and enthusiastic way. Throughout this workbook, students pretend to be writers for the local newspaper. Fun comics are interspersed throughout the book to "instruct" your child on the concept they are learning. The lessons will cover sentence review, paragraph writing, reporting, creative writing, and expressing opinions. These skills are covered in three different sections of the book. Part one introduces nouns, verbs, and basic sentence structure to your children. Some of the projects in this section have your child write an invitation, a thank you note, haiku poetry, and four-sentence captions - just to name a few. Part two focuses on modifiers and more complex sentences. Here your child will create some advertising, work on editing, and write a book review. Part three moves on to organizing sentences in a logical fashion and reporting skills. Some of the projects your child will do include writing sports stories, giving household hints, composing a news article, and creating a comics column. Detailed instructions are given at the beginning of every project to help them complete it independently. Answers are printed in the back to help you correct their work. This spiral-bound workbook has black-and-white text and illustrations. 85 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 070916
    Retail: $109.00
    Rainbow Price: $64.00

    It's the same! But, different. Leaving the world of CDs behind, Rosetta Stone Homeschool has taken the leap into the world of online subscription formats. As with every major format change, there are advantages and disadvantages. You will probably like the changes which provide more mobility and more flexibility (unless you do not have access to high speed internet or do not wish to enter the internet world). All the aspects of the Rosetta Stone approach to language acquisition that we've come to love and expect are there. It's just packaged differently.

    So, what's different? First of all, there are only four products (instead of the 70 or so we carried before). Each product is an online subscription. This subscription gives one student 6 months of access. You purchase a subscription then you choose your language as part of the activation process. There are 24 languages available and a subscription purchase lets you choose any one of the 24 (Family Pack subscribers can choose up to three different languages). The subscription also gives you access to ALL levels of instruction available in that language. All languages have at least three levels. Some languages have five levels. If workbooks, quizzes, or tests are available (only for a few languages), access to pdf versions of this material comes with the subscription. Because all content is online, you can access it from a computer, laptop, or mobile device and you can access it from anywhere that you have a fast internet connection. You can even download lessons (with Audio Companion) to use when the internet is not available.

    So, what's the same? The dynamic immersion instructional methodology, the voice recognition software, and the student tracking abilities. In other words, all the good stuff that has made Rosetta Stone distinctive and a favorite with homeschoolers. And there is still a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied with the program. To get a sense of the program, check out the video demo found on our website.

    Rosetta Stone's "Dynamic Immersion™" methodology combines multimedia technology with a total immersion approach utilizing four aspects images, intuition, interactivity, and instruction. Real-life images are coupled with words or phrases, both spoken and written. There is constant interaction with the program, making selections which are confirmed if correct. Understanding of the language is built through spoken responses to real-life simulations utilizing TruAccent® speech-recognition technology which listens, analyzes, and corrects the student response. [Headset with microphone is needed but not included.]

    Core Lessons cover: A. Listening & Reading combined; B. Listening only, C. Reading only, D. Speaking, and E. Writing. There are Focused Activities that concentrate on language skills vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, speaking, listening, writing and Adaptive Recall which are review sequences. While the general content and methodology is similar between the various Rosetta Stone versions, the Homeschool version is unique in giving parents the ability to plan and track the student's progress through the lessons and activities and to print data reports.

    Rosetta Stone Levels (in any language) cover the following material:

    Level 1 Build a Foundation. Fundamental vocabulary, essential language structure, basic conversational skills including greetings and introductions. Includes colors, adjectives, numbers, prepositions, definite and indefinite articles, singular and plural nouns, family relations, the five senses and time of day.

    Level 2 Navigate Your Surroundings. Builds on vocabulary and essential language structure. Giving/getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, and enjoying basic social interactions. Includes verb tenses, adverbs, formal imperatives, school subjects, months, and emotions.

    Level 3 Connect with the World. Builds on language fundamentals and conversational skills. Learn to share ideas and opinions, express your feelings and talk about everyday life, your interests, your work, subjective, present perfect, weights, and measurements.

    Level 4 Deepen Your Understanding. Expands on what you learned in Levels 1, 2, and 3. Negotiate complex situations with confidence. Develop conversational skills to navigate the workplace, care for your health, arrange repairs, and move abroad.

    Level 5 Develop Your Command of the Language. Refine crucial communication skills and make full use of everything you've learned in Levels 1-4. Discuss entertainment and culture, government and the marketplace, and celebrate language-learning success.

    The following languages are available (with number of levels in parenthesis): Arabic (3), Chinese (Mandarin) (3), Dutch (3), English (American) (5), English (British) (5), Filipino (Tagalog) (3), French (5), German (5), Greek (3), Hebrew (3), Hindi (3), Irish (3), Italian (5), Japanese (3), Korean (3), Persian (Farsi) (3), Polish (3), Portuguese (Brazil) (3), Russian (3), Spanish (Latin American) (5 Workbooks for Levels 1-3), Spanish (Spain) (5), Swedish (3), Turkish (3), and Vietnamese (3).

    System Requirements:

    Windows 7, 8, 10 or higher

    Mac (Intel based only) Maverick (OS X 10.9) or higher

    Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 50, Firefox 46, Safari 9.1, Edge 13 or greater

    Latest version of Adobe Flash Player

    Computer Hardware Requirements:

    Windows: 2.33 GHz or faster x86-compatible processor OR Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks

    Mac: Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor

    1 GB of RAM or higher

    1024 x 768 display resolution

    High-Speed Internet connection (at least 768bps)

    In terms of high school credit equivalency (as before) Rosetta Stone is not "accredited" because it is not a school, but each level of the Homeschool program has a "Full Year Curriculum" lesson plan. If you follow that lesson plan, each level will be a 36 week program if you're not using the supplemental (suggestions in teacher materials) materials, or 45 weeks if you are (equivalent to 1 school year). Not all schools or boards will accept RS as credit, so checking to ensure it will be accepted is recommended.

    While it's a bit sad to say "good-bye" to Rosetta Stone's old standby CD-based program, it's easy to see the advantages and necessity of increased mobility. Thankfully, favorite features have been retained and the program remains a strong option for high school foreign language. As before, we encourage the use of a grammar workbook to complement the strong conversational aspect of the program. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 070914
    Retail: $169.00
    Rainbow Price: $85.00

    It's the same! But, different. Leaving the world of CDs behind, Rosetta Stone Homeschool has taken the leap into the world of online subscription formats. As with every major format change, there are advantages and disadvantages. You will probably like the changes which provide more mobility and more flexibility (unless you do not have access to high speed internet or do not wish to enter the internet world). All the aspects of the Rosetta Stone approach to language acquisition that we've come to love and expect are there. It's just packaged differently.

    So, what's different? First of all, there are only four products (instead of the 70 or so we carried before). Each product is an online subscription. This subscription gives one student 12 months of access. You purchase a subscription then you choose your language as part of the activation process. There are 24 languages available and a subscription purchase lets you choose any one of the 24 (Family Pack subscribers can choose up to three different languages). The subscription also gives you access to ALL levels of instruction available in that language. All languages have at least three levels. Some languages have five levels. If workbooks, quizzes, or tests are available (only for a few languages), access to pdf versions of this material comes with the subscription. Because all content is online, you can access it from a computer, laptop, or mobile device and you can access it from anywhere that you have a fast internet connection. You can even download lessons (with Audio Companion) to use when the internet is not available.

    So, what's the same? The dynamic immersion instructional methodology, the voice recognition software, and the student tracking abilities. In other words, all the good stuff that has made Rosetta Stone distinctive and a favorite with homeschoolers. And there is still a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee if you are not satisfied with the program. To get a sense of the program, check out the video demo found on our website.

    Rosetta Stone's "Dynamic Immersion™" methodology combines multimedia technology with a total immersion approach utilizing four aspects images, intuition, interactivity, and instruction. Real-life images are coupled with words or phrases, both spoken and written. There is constant interaction with the program, making selections which are confirmed if correct. Understanding of the language is built through spoken responses to real-life simulations utilizing TruAccent® speech-recognition technology which listens, analyzes, and corrects the student response. [Headset with microphone is needed but not included.]

    Core Lessons cover: A. Listening & Reading combined; B. Listening only, C. Reading only, D. Speaking, and E. Writing. There are Focused Activities that concentrate on language skills vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading, speaking, listening, writing and Adaptive Recall which are review sequences. While the general content and methodology is similar between the various Rosetta Stone versions, the Homeschool version is unique in giving parents the ability to plan and track the student's progress through the lessons and activities and to print data reports.

    Rosetta Stone Levels (in any language) cover the following material:

    Level 1 Build a Foundation. Fundamental vocabulary, essential language structure, basic conversational skills including greetings and introductions. Includes colors, adjectives, numbers, prepositions, definite and indefinite articles, singular and plural nouns, family relations, the five senses and time of day.

    Level 2 Navigate Your Surroundings. Builds on vocabulary and essential language structure. Giving/getting directions, using transportation, telling time, dining out, and enjoying basic social interactions. Includes verb tenses, adverbs, formal imperatives, school subjects, months, and emotions.

    Level 3 Connect with the World. Builds on language fundamentals and conversational skills. Learn to share ideas and opinions, express your feelings and talk about everyday life, your interests, your work, subjective, present perfect, weights, and measurements.

    Level 4 Deepen Your Understanding. Expands on what you learned in Levels 1, 2, and 3. Negotiate complex situations with confidence. Develop conversational skills to navigate the workplace, care for your health, arrange repairs, and move abroad.

    Level 5 Develop Your Command of the Language. Refine crucial communication skills and make full use of everything you've learned in Levels 1-4. Discuss entertainment and culture, government and the marketplace, and celebrate language-learning success.

    The following languages are available (with number of levels in parenthesis): Arabic (3), Chinese (Mandarin) (3), Dutch (3), English (American) (5), English (British) (5), Filipino (Tagalog) (3), French (5), German (5), Greek (3), Hebrew (3), Hindi (3), Irish (3), Italian (5), Japanese (3), Korean (3), Persian (Farsi) (3), Polish (3), Portuguese (Brazil) (3), Russian (3), Spanish (Latin American) (5 Workbooks for Levels 1-3), Spanish (Spain) (5), Swedish (3), Turkish (3), and Vietnamese (3).

    System Requirements:

    Windows 7, 8, 10 or higher

    Mac (Intel based only) Maverick (OS X 10.9) or higher

    Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 50, Firefox 46, Safari 9.1, Edge 13 or greater

    Latest version of Adobe Flash Player

    Computer Hardware Requirements:

    Windows: 2.33 GHz or faster x86-compatible processor OR Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks

    Mac: Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor

    1 GB of RAM or higher

    1024 x 768 display resolution

    High-Speed Internet connection required (at least 768bps)

    In terms of high school credit equivalency (as before) Rosetta Stone is not "accredited" because it is not a school, but each level of the Homeschool program has a "Full Year Curriculum" lesson plan. If you follow that lesson plan, each level will be a 36 week program if you're not using the supplemental (suggestions in teacher materials) materials, or 45 weeks if you are (equivalent to 1 school year). Not all schools or boards will accept RS as credit, so checking to ensure it will be accepted is recommended.

    While it's a bit sad to say "good-bye" to Rosetta Stone's old standby CD-based program, it's easy to see the advantages and necessity of increased mobility. Thankfully, favorite features have been retained and the program remains a strong option for high school foreign language. As before, we encourage the use of a grammar workbook to complement the strong conversational aspect of the program. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 054172
    ISBN: 9781623410414
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.00

    It seems I'm part of a growing number of people who prefer to purchase a hardcopy book rather than rely on downloading and printing. If you're with me, you'll be glad to know that IEW has started publishing this notebook (long available as a free download to those who have purchased their courses). Used as a resource for all of their theme-based writing lessons, it's also a good reference for any student using the IEW method of writing. Included are reference pages for stylistic techniques, models of structure, strong verbs, -ly words, quality adjectives, five senses/emotions, decorations, transitional words/phrases, grammar rules, and charts/checklists. Spiral-bound with updated layout for 2016. ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 066519
    ISBN: 9781338106367
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.50

    Introduce your younger students to the world of electricity in this hands-on, fun kit by Klutz. Mold 15 different clay projects using 5 colors of clay, 20 LEDS, a battery pack (requires 4AA batteries, not included), and over 50 punch-out paper pieces. You will get four colors of conductive clay blue, green, orange, and black; and one block of white, insulating clay. The conductive clay allows electrons to flow through, and the insulating clay is firmer and doesn't allow the flow of electrons. The kit includes a 52-page book with numbered instructions with illustrations for each clay project. Make a Rocket, UFO, Flower, Shooting Star, Jack-O-Lantern, Flashlight, Cupcake, Snowman, Astronaut, Robot, Night Window, Police Car, and Dragon all with light-up features. The book also includes a list of other things you might need for the projects (household items), LED care, cleaning up, powering up the battery pack, clay shaping basics, how to use the paper punch-outs, and explanations of simple circuitry. Jess, Ramsey, and Gemma made the dragon, and he was adorable with his light-up eyes. I think the amazing thing is that you can use clay to teach basics of circuitry in a way that really makes sense to young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 049624
    ISBN: 9781880892671
    Retail: $10.00
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Now this is practical math! Designed as a supplement to be taken along with you to the store, this 38 page book contains a variety of grocery store activities including size and price comparisons, determining the cost of a recipe, finding fat grams, figuring sales tax, and much more. Activities are to be completed at the store and many activities also contain additional questions that analyze the information gathered. The activities increase in difficulty as the student works through the book. Activity sheets are black and white. This inexpensive practical math book is an engaging way to make math "real" to your children. You will need a workbook for each student as the pages are not reproducible. SC. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 049271
    ISBN: 9780981695457
    Retail: $79.95
    Rainbow Price: $77.95

    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 #: 037499
    ISBN: 9781580175548
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    If you and your kids want to learn about birds, and I mean really learn about birds (more than the information provided by little books or field guides), then this is the book for you! Packed with full-color illustrations and photographs and detailed, yet easy-to-read information, bird lovers of all ages will learn something new. The book begins with an up-close-and-personal look at the bird. Learn the finer structures within feathers, types of feathers, bird anatomy and structure including bones and internal organs, types of bills, bird senses, and much more. The second chapter talks about the various places birds call home and which types prefer which environments and habitats. Bird communication, communities, nest preferences, eggs and food are all discussed. The third chapter is in a field guide layout – introducing thirty types of birds with an introduction, size comparison, habitat, bird call, and range across the U.S.A. given. The section ends with a compact chart of all the birds discussed and the essential information about each one. Then students will learn about birds that are endangered and bird migration. The fifth chapter entails how you can interact with birds and make your yard a bird haven. There are some ideas for building projects such as nesting boxes and arbors, and ideas for keeping a calendar of the birds you see and when you see them to learn their schedules. The sixth and final chapter shows the gold-medal winning birds in lots of different events such as fastest runners, highest fliers, deepest divers, best dressed and more with short explanations of which bird species came in first. A glossary, resource list, index, and a short bird-watching quiz are all included in the appendix. So read up and head outside to put your new knowledge to the test! ~ Megan

  • Item #: 008770
    ISBN: 9781888344158
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $16.00

    Oh, that the instruction contained in this book was just "common sense!" Dave Marks, very politely, and often humorously, takes students through a number of tasks and challenges with the goal of revealing to (and gently instructing) them on better ways to communicate. He addresses everything from eye contact to "How to Reduce Aggression." The chapter on "How to Disagree" is my particular favorite. Even if your children have plenty of social contact and you feel they don't need this book, the small investment in time and money will be well worth the social advice here. If they incorporate even a portion of what they learn here into their personal encounters, the rewards will be tremendous. Urging the development of pleasant and productive relationships, the book has informative chapters on eye contact, verbal reinforcement, physical reinforcement, meeting people, understanding other people's point of view, not being boring, and more. Specific exercises students can practice to strengthen these skills are given, and the books bring to the surface common mistakes people make when dealing with others. The tips for better communication, making good first impressions, and having pleasant, purposeful conversations are great for all ages. 66 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 001657
    ISBN: 9780794510763
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.19

    Science in the elementary and middle school years is not complete without an abundance of hands-on activities, in my opinion, anyway. Whether your family uses one of the many fine science curricula available, unit studies, or unschooling, this book will become a frequently turned-to resource to enhance science concepts. Containing 22 categories of experiments, detailed steps, explanations, colorful illustrations, and internet links, there is much here to enhance your studies. The following is just a sampling of things children will make: varied crystals, a wormery, a compass, invisible ink, a butterfly feeder and much more. Other activities include children will see DNA, float an egg, separate mixtures, test their sense of taste and numerous others. The book concludes with an overview of the scientific process and encourages children to do their own scientific research. A glossary and list of experiments make it convenient for parents/teachers to quickly find the right activity to correspond with the day's lesson. SC. 96 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 000335
    ISBN: 9781929683581
    Retail: $110.00
    Rainbow Price: $82.95

    "It's just common sense!" Actually, it's the Blue Book Common Sense Reading Program and yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature (like all LLATL programs) and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component - carefully selected children's favorites - reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles. The teacher's manual is a homeschooler's dream with all the work having been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week program. New skills are listed for each lesson with a materials list included at the beginning. Almost no teacher preparation is needed - you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Higher-order thinking activities are italicized. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Activity Book. Each of the four parts (readiness, short vowels, consonant blends and short vowels, and long vowels) concludes with an evaluation for determining your child's readiness for the next level. The Student Activity Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut and paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, PLUS handwriting pages that teach all upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isn't exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts.

    The Student Activity Book is consumable, even having an easy-release binding that allows for clean page removal. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the child's progress. 28 separate readers cover short vowels, blends (bridge readers), and long vowels. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since a week's worth of learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the week's lesson starts off with the teacher reading the small book to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics steps and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the small book. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The materials packet is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards to use for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items and covering them with clear contact paper to preserve them would also be a good idea. The program includes the Teacher's Manual, the Student Activity Book, the 28 Readers, and the Materials Packet.

    We sell additional Student Activity Books, Reader Sets, and Material Packets so you can use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. They are listed in order of use. Although this program focuses on first grade skills, it would be possible to use this program with a "ready" kindergartner. It would also work well with a slightly older child who is still a just-getting-started reader. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 022002
    ISBN: 9781929683314
    Retail: $24.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.75

    Providing a collection of literature used in LLATL Gold World Literature, this volume saves you the trouble of finding the selections on your own. With the exception of the books noted, this one volume provides the literature needed for assignments in the four units (Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval Renaissance, and Enlightenment Romanticism) as well as two sets of short stories. Translations used are those available in the public domain and while useable will not include newer translations that might be easier to read. 290 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 014569
    ISBN: 9780756619725
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Although most Dorling-Kindersley books are known for their gorgeous photography and eye-catching layouts, this encyclopedia is downright amazing. It is packed to the gills with close-up photos of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, with plenty of fascinating details on every one. The first part of the book presents general animal topics, including classification, senses, communication, camouflage, birth and growth, habitats, ecology and much more. The second part of the book, which is the largest portion, presents over 2,000 animal species, organized alphabetically by common name. I love this aspect, as it makes it very easy for children to look up the animals they are familiar with, whether they are dogs or penguins. A variety of species for that general name are presented within, so children can see the diversity that exists within each animal group. Most topics and animals are given a two-page spread which features a mix of general text, captioned full-color photos and illustrations, and often a striking, full-page photo of the animal as well. Fact boxes scattered throughout offer a succinct list of information on animal family, habitat, distribution, food, and approximate size for each group of animals. Although enjoyable purely for browsing, an index and glossary are also included. This "feast for the eyes" could easily capture the attention of your resident animal-lover for hours! 376 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 013748
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.16

    Are you always the master of Drawing on Top of Your Head? This game may be a little easier – because at least you know what you’re trying to draw! The question is whether anybody else will be able to make sense of your blind drawing! In this fun, simple-to-pick-up-and-play game, players take turns drawing a card with 5 items listed on it, rolling the die to determine which object they will draw, and then strapping a dry-erase board to their forehead (effectively making it impossible to see what they are drawing!). The player has 20-seconds to sketch the object, and whoever guesses it correctly receives 2 points (as well as the artist). If time runs out, don’t panic, simply take a peek at your drawing and either continue with it or start anew. If anyone guesses this time, that player and the artist receive 1 point each. You’re guaranteed lots of laughs with this one! 3+ players. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 008374
    ISBN: 9780393080964
    Retail: $35.00
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    So you've read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and you're pleased by its information, guidance and practical curriculum suggestions. However, while reading it you may have thought, "I wish I had been educated this way, I guess it's too late for me." In the Well-Educated Mind, Susan focuses on the adult, and her premise is that it's not too late; you can have a Well-Educated Mind. Susan's focus is on helping the adult learn to read great literature. This book is so much more than a list of suggested reading. In fact, the suggested reading doesn't come until after Susan presents significant information on why it's important and how to go about it.

    Yes, the trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric is presented as well. Would you expect anything less from this author? Susan discusses why it is important for children to be taught properly in all three stages and if you were not, how as an adult, you can compensate and learn to read great literature. Susan's goal is to equip her readers to be able to learn self-education to train and fill their minds.

    For people who question their ability to read difficult material, the book states, "If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's sonnets or Jane Eyre." Susan says, "Reading is a discipline, like running regularly, or meditating, or taking voice lessons." Just like working through a training regimen to become proficient in sports or music we must learn technique and train our minds to effectively tackle the great books.

    Susan does not lecture from an ivory tower, but shows she can relate her understanding of real-life challenges to making time for the pursuit of reading. Her references to her struggles help make me feel like she understands real-life. These include the lure of TV after a long day, "just to vegetate for a few minutes, before I try to use my brain," or the call of email (including spam deletion). She includes a whole section on how to create a realistic reading schedule on your weekly calendar. A helpful section is including on training our minds to move from light reading and skimming for facts to more serious reading which leads to understanding. This "how-to" section includes information on reading mechanics, journaling, questioning and literary terms, all with examples. The book then progresses to six literary genres: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science with instructions on how to read each type. After each genre is a listing of literature with comprehensive summaries and the best versions of the books (with ISBN information). This new expanded and revised edition includes great 21st century works as well as essential readings in science. The selected reading lists usually have both a literary and a historical purpose. The Well-Educated Mind is a great resource that provides those adults who have a nagging sense of missing something in their literary education the practical techniques and guidance to regularly read and enjoy great literature. Jerry

  • Item #: 005572
    Retail: $29.95
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    While new homeschool curriculums crop up fairly often for history, science and language arts, it's a rarity that a new homeschool health program is developed! Author Michele Spadafora has done an incredible job in pulling together this easy-to-use, thoroughly Christian P.E. and nutrition course that incorporates weekly lessons in "faith, fitness and fuel." It's an 18-week course that includes three segments on each of those "building blocks" per week, with tests included after every 3rd or 4th week and lots of helpful and inspiring video content as well. Scheduling works most naturally if you do health three days per week for one semester. Each week includes three topical reading segments (each about two pages in length), questions for the student, space to write goals for all three areas for the week, and space to journal about the week. "Faith" reading assignments focus on a biblical message, typically a goal that we could all work towards in our relationship with the Lord. These include: giving God control, replacing stress with peace, prayer, worship, loving others, serving others, making disciples, and more. Scripture references are sprinkled throughout the text, and several questions typically follow the reading. "Fitness" readings focus on the practical and include the benefits of exercising, frequency of exercising, warm-ups and cool-downs, proper form, weight loss basics, core strength, exercise gear, etc. "Fuel" readings focus on nutrition, like eating portions and proportions, understanding food labels, the importance of breakfast, avoiding sugar, the importance of whole grains, eating healthy snacks, avoiding diet mistakes, understanding eating disorders, and more. Readings on fitness and fuel typically do not have questions for the student, but are always followed by a space to write a goal for the week. The tests are fairly short and made up entirely of multiple-choice questions (an answer key for these is included at the end of the book).

    The video content is one of my favorite aspects of the program. It not only allows the author to "talk to" the student via video, but it also provides a way to demonstrate proper exercise form, workout ideas, or cooking technique. There are 32 short videos that complement the content in the book, and prompts to view them are found at the end of the readings. Students are also directed to several "Burst" videos throughout the program. These videos are about ten minutes in length and, just like the name suggests, these offer short energetic workouts to get the blood pumping. These are also found on the author's website. A DVD is also included with the book which features three full-body workouts, each about a ½-hour in length. The workout routines are fast-moving, yet simple enough to follow along with and feature upbeat Christian music from a variety of contemporary Christian artists. No fancy gear is required; while exercise bands make an appearance in several of the workout videos, and weights and exercise balls are discussed in the book, most fitness routines do not require any equipment. Whether you use the routines included or your own fitness program, the student is asked to work out at least three times a week, outside of specific assignments from the book.

    This easy-to-implement program would be perfect to do together as a family. The readings are fairly short and easy for students at different ability levels to understand. Technical details on nutrition and fitness are kept to a minimum, and the fitness routines and exercises will appeal equally to girls and boys. Compared to a full-year health course, you won't find nearly as much content on the human body or physiology here; the emphasis is truly on practical knowledge and motivation to stay fit. It would make sense to incorporate the nutritional information into the whole family's diet as well. The text is designed as a consumable, but if your students all write in their own journals or notebooks, you could use the text as a family. Christian families will especially appreciate the emphasis on building your faith while you build your physical endurance. 171 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 004066
    ISBN: 9780943173474
    Retail: $13.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    Willie Whitefeather, Honorary Chief of the Black Creek Cherokee of Florida, river-rafter, and backwoods guide, has lived in the wilderness for many years. Disturbed by the lack of survival guides for children (who are the most helpless when they get lost or hurt in the woods), he wrote this for his grandchildren (and children everywhere) to help keep them safe. It's filled with common sense advice for children (and adults) to help prevent them from ever getting lost, or to help them survive if they do. A lot of the information in the book is helpful even in a camping situation, as the unexpected can happen. Bad weather, animal attacks, or loss of food or equipment can turn a pleasant camping trip into an emergency. Would you know how to determine which plants to eat or how to protect yourself from the elements until help arrived? Consider how much more vulnerable your children would be in this situation. Could they make a campfire without matches? This book not only helps insure that they're prepared for the unexpected, but it's interesting, too. It covers basic survival in the woods, desert, and mountains. Some of the methods are presented as Old Cherokee ways, since the author learned them from the Indians of his tribe. The only possibly offensive part of this book for Christian readers is a picture showing an Indian head in the sky (like a portrayal of "The Great Spirit") watching over the lost campers. Read this with your children before that next camp-out or vacation in the wilderness.

  • Item #: 001410
    ISBN: 9781940110301
    Retail: $80.00
    Rainbow Price: $53.95

      The Student Text is consumable and is meant to show the personal progression toward the goal of finished writing assignments that will ultimately find a place in the student’s Writing Portfolio. This portfolio is a record of writing progress and gives your child a sense of accomplishment. You can and should share this keepsake with others. The Appendices in the Student Text are plentiful. An Apprentice Log includes module checklists, rubrics, a unit review and follow-up reports. Also included are Reviewer’s Rubrics featuring the Traits of Writing, a Memory Chart, and Follow-Up Reports.

  • Item #: 000846
    ISBN: 9780880620741
    Retail: $12.00
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

    A set of three well-written, helpful books by Dr. Beechick. A Home Start in Reading is chock-full of no-nonsense advice for teaching your child to read. Dr. Beechick includes a phonics system, chart, advice on dealing with those “messy” phonics problems and sight words, what to do “after” phonics, and suggestions for teaching spelling. A wealth of hints and helps packed in 32 pages. In A Strong Start in Language, Dr. Beechick explains an easy-to-use, natural method for teaching a child to write. Sample lessons are provided as a starting point. Discover Dr. Beechick’s “powerful, real-life, home method” for teaching your child to go beyond mere memorization to thinking mathematically in An Easy Start in Arithmetic. Includes teaching ideas, games and activities.