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  • Item #: 006884
    ISBN: 9780553392388
    Retail: $24.00
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  • Item #: 005940
    ISBN: 9781623411176
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    Now there's no reason to wait until your student is in 3rd grade. Bible Heroes is an excellent language arts bridge from IEW's Primary Arts of Language to their theme-based writing lessons. Or you might decide to use it as a new entry point for the IEW program (as you finish your favorite phonics/reading program). Either way, I think you will be very pleased with what this program supplies – lessons that not only provide instruction in writing with structure and style (as the name implies), but also introductory grammar and Bible. The 27 lessons cover IEW Unit 1 (two lessons teaching Key Word Outlines), Unit 2 (seven lessons on Writing from KWOs), Unit 3 (twelve lessons on Summarizing Narrative Stories), Unit 4 (three lessons on Summarizing References), Unit 5 (three lessons on Writing From Pictures), and Unit 7 (one lesson on Creative Writing) The approach is solidly multi-sensory. Lessons include verbal and written activities as well as games for reinforcement and all source material is taken from the Bible. Although the target audience for this course is 1st-2nd grade, material can be adapted for up to 5th grade.

    The consumable Student Book provides instructions which are to be read to the student, additional gray boxes that have notes to the teacher, and space for students to complete lessons and writing assignments. Appendices include: styles helps, game pieces (cardstock), and vocabulary cards (also cardstock).

    Purchasers of this course have access to two free downloads from the IEW website. One of the downloads is the Student Resource Notebook (also available for purchase in hard copy format). It provides supplementary and reference material needed by the student. The other download is the Bible Heroes Teacher's E-book; this Teacher's Manual is a vital part of the course and its use is expected. It provides more detailed instructions for each lesson, a scope and sequence chart, ideas for discussion of each hero and virtue, answers to review questions, sample key word outlines, brainstorming pages, instruction for games and activities, copies of checklists, and copies of game boards. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 049584
    ISBN: 9781893103627
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    A wonderful unit study incorporating geography, history and science, based on the Holling C. Holling books. Students learn about three main geographic regions of the U.S. as well as a basic introduction to World geography. Designed to be used with maps (see below) that children color, label and complete as they study each region via the books. Paddle-to-the-Sea covers the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and North Atlantic. Tree in the Trail includes the Great Plains and Southwest. Minn of the Mississippi leads children on an adventure down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. Seabird presents an overview of world geography. Pagoo follows the life of a young hermit crab, trying to grow up in a tide pool - without being eaten along the way. If you've never read a Holling C. Holling book, you're in for a treat! These are lovely, "old fashioned" books that simultaneously educate and entertain. Each blends science, history, and geography into a narrative told from the viewpoint of a central "character"'s adventures or experiences. It's difficult to imagine a more appropriate choice for studying these topics. Can be used as a one-semester course at 2-3 lessons per week or a 1-year course at 1-2 lessons per week.

  • Item #: 046514
    ISBN: 9780486467702
    Retail: $14.99
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    If you're a fan of Aesop's fables, you've come to the right place. This book contains 147 of Aesop's treasured tales, including Ants and the Grasshopper, Fox and the Lion, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, and many more! Full color period illustrations appear on every page, bringing the tales to life. At the end of each fable, a brief maxim appears in italics, emphasizing the moral of the story. An hour long audio CD features narrations of 42 of the most popular tales from the book (with page references). Illus. by Milo Winter. 112 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: LWOT1S
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    Offering everything you need for successful handwriting across the curriculum, this package includes the Handwriting without Tears (HWT) student workbook, writing journal and the newly released Building Writers workbook. Handwriting teacher guides are sold separately and the Building Writer's teaching resource is available as a free download on our website. Books are color-coded by grade, keeping them easy to organize if ordering more than one set. Conquer your busy homeschool day by having all the necessary components at your fingertips. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 063098
    ISBN: 9781495162817
    Retail: $69.95
    Rainbow Price: $48.95

    If you like the idea of a dvd to teach your high school physics course, Wes Olson has the solution – Physics 101. Like the other courses in the 101 Series, Wes Olson offers an engaging visual course rather than having the student read a text. Learn about the physics of our world, historical figures and their contributions and do hands-on labs to help you understand the concepts.

    Physics 101 covers concepts in these areas: light and color, mirrors and lenses, invisibility and speed of light, sound, acoustics, fire, thermodynamics, heat and cold, electricity, outlets and circuits, batteries and electromagnetic spectrum, Isaac Newton, Universal Law of Gravity, 1st Law of Motion, 2nd and 3rd Laws of Motion, Albert Einstein, relativity, quantum mechanics and the future of physics. There are 20 segments and a video for each that range in length from 20 to 43 minutes - a total of 11 hours and 10 minutes of video. Options are offered for subtitles and closed captions – a variety of languages are offered.

    There are PDFs that you may want to print and are included on the fourth disc (there are four discs in this course). The first pdf is titled, “Course Accreditation Program” and the second is the “Guidebook.” Instructions for opening the pdfs are printed on the face of Disc 1. Print out the files, hole punch them and put them in a notebook for your convenience.

    The Course Accreditation Program (CAP) is important information on how to use the course and get high school credit – a syllabus. Physics 101 provides about 135 hours of content, which is enough for one credit in physics. Basically, a lesson includes 4 steps: watch the video lesson, discuss the questions (found in the guidebook), do the mini-labs, research, write a 200-word report and take the segment quiz. The CAP includes all of the information for doing mini-labs – lists, instructions and where to fit them in. Mini-labs use common household items and a master list is found on page 4 of the CAP. You may run across a few unusual items, such as a canned air horn, microphone with jack to plug into your cell phone, magnesium fire starter, volt meter, etc. Items that are less common are marked, and you can skip labs if the items can’t be found; you will find that some sections have no labs and others have multiple. Instructions are included for assembling a student notebook that will be used all year; here students will record, take notes.

    The Guidebook is 106 pages and includes the table of contents (showing the segment and chapter divisions), an outline for each segment, discussion questions, quizzes, quiz answers and an alphabetic index.

    Physics 101 is a great high school level physics for your visual student or an interesting and informational watch for your family. Presented from a Christian worldview, students will learn about the relationship between science and the Bible in the area of physics. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 042767
    ISBN: 9780875523927
    Retail: $14.99
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    What spiritual goals do you have for your children? I assume your primary goal is for each child to have a real and vibrant relationship with the Lord. But beyond that will you be satisfied if they can recite stories from the Bible or do you want them to be able to give succinct and meaningful answers to the basic questions of the Christian faith – What is grace? What is the gospel? The Westminster Shorter Catechism was constructed to teach children (and all students of the Bible) the biblical answers to these and other great questions of the Christian faith. The word "catechism" means exactly that: questions and answers. This devotional guide gives parents an easy-to-use tool for learning and discussing the biblical principles embedded in the 107 catechism questions and answers. Each question is presented with six days worth of devotional readings for families to share. These readings are brief to accommodate children's short attention spans while giving biblical support and simple explanations. Every day for a week, families are encouraged to ask the question reciting the answer several times. Memorization is accomplished almost painlessly. To make sure our 21st century ears can understand, the questions and answers from the 17th century document are written in modern English. 350 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 025264
    ISBN: 9780971710115
    Retail: $2.95
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    Finally, a file to track your students' progress through your home school. This grayish, cardstock file folder has lots of great pre-printed features to help you record your student's academic progress from 1st through 12th grade. On the front of the folder, fill in the blanks with your student's information - date and place of birth, gender, social security number, mother's and father's names, address, and phone number. There is also space to attach a photo and list where the student attended each grade, which is helpful if your student attended another school in previous years. On the inside of the front cover, there are spaces to record graduation data, extracurricular activities, and testing records. The inside of the back cover is about an inch taller than the front and allows you to write your student's name so you can see it easily even if the file is in a drawer. Then, each grade is broken down into blank charts with spaces for eight subjects and their final grades. The charts for grades 1-8 are in the inside back cover, while the charts for high school are continued on the backside. Underneath the high school charts are places to record their cumulative GPA and total credits. This file helps you easily check your students records in a glance, keeps them all in one place, and can also hold relevant papers and documents.

  • Item #: 014837
    ISBN: 9781250058133
    Retail: $24.99
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    Enjoy 8 charming animal stories from the author of All Creatures Great and Small. Set in Yorkshire, England, you’ll read about an abandoned kitten finding a home, a dog who only barked once in his life, as well as stories about horses, cows and sheep. These stories have a pleasantly calm, nostalgic feel and are accompanied by beautiful illustrations, making this a wonderful bedtime story treasury for your little animal lover. 272 hardcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 062989
    ISBN: 9781940110257
    Retail: $72.00
    Rainbow Price: $57.60

    This new edition of Exploring Creation with Chemistry makes chemistry approachable and doable in a homeschool setting. Now authored by Kristy Plourde, you will notice a few changes from previous editions.

    The chapter order has been changed from the previous editions (1st and 2nd) of the curriculum. There are still 16 modules measurement, units, and the scientific method, atoms and molecules, atomic structure, molecular structure, polyatomic ions and molecular geometry, changes in matter and chemical reactions, describing chemical reactions, stoichiometry, acid-base chemistry, chemistry of solutions, gas phase, energy/heat and temperature, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and reduction-oxidation reactions. The front of the book offers a suggestion on how to use the book and the length of time typically spent to complete the course. "On Your Own" questions are found throughout the modules and are to be completed as the student reads the text answers are included at the end of the module. "Review Question" and "Practice Problems" are found at the end of each module to help students recall and apply important concepts presented in that module. The text is generous with examples, illustrations, and photos for clarity of concepts.

    Some helpful resources are found at the back of the text glossary, tables/laws/equations, extra practice problems for each module, and a complete list of lab supplies.

    Experiments are homeschool-friendly and can be completed using the lab kit (#008778) that is assembled by Nature's Workshop and items that are easily accessible. If you want to do more advanced experiments, you can purchase the MicroChem Lab Kit (#020028). These experiments aren't printed in the student text, but are mentioned and marked by a flask and test tube symbol along with where that experiment can be found in the MicroChem Manual. The experiments in this 3rd edition are a combination of some new ones and the tried-and-true from the previous editions. If you don't want or need to purchase the lab kit (#008778), the required items to complete experiments are a 1 mass scale (0 to 500 grams), blue and red litmus paper, 1 thermometer (-10 to 110 degrees C). If you have these three items, the text makes suggestions within the experiments for household substitutions of the other items needed.

    A special website is available to accompany this course, offering web links and additional information for specific concepts. The web address is printed in the front of the text with instructions for access. Textbook is now in the 4th printing. ~ Donna.

  • Item #: 053122
    ISBN: 9781601444080
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.99

    Algebra can be a very difficult course for many students who don't think abstractly. This book offers step-by-step, visual exercises using a balance scale to help with the understanding of 'balancing equations.' Similar to the format of the rest of the Balance Math series, this book additionally offers explanations and instruction for each step of the equation process. For example, the first page shows a balance scale that is level, having a 20 on the left pan and a square containing an x on the right pan. This would indicate that the two are equal. The next illustration shows a balance scale with the square containing the x on the left pan and a question mark (?) on the right pan. To the right of the illustrations is a box with these words, "From the 1st scale we know: 20 = x. Reversing the sides of an equation does not change its value. Therefore, x = 20 =?" Along with the verbiage is a fill-in box where the student will answer "? = ____." The problems are presented as puzzles that engage and really make a student think, and progress from simple to complex. Some review-type pages are placed intermittently throughout the book just to make sure your student understands and can apply concepts. The back of the book offers tips for working with the balance scale visuals, and answers with explanations. The method used for teaching the steps of equations and solving them reminds me a little of the Hands-On Equations products. This would be a super introduction to algebra for younger children, a great tutorial for someone having difficulty with equations, or helpful practice for anyone wants to keep their skills sharp. - Donna

  • Item #: 042123
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  • Item #: 028584
    Retail: $5.69
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  • Item #: 021827
    ISBN: 9781404803602
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Privyet! [pree-VYET] That means hi in Russian. Learn lots of interesting facts about Russian culture, geography, architecture & language in a lively alphabetical format. Colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text introduce your child to the wonders of Russia such as ballet, Grandfather Frost, Lake Baikal, Moscow, nerpas, white nights and more. Did you know that Russia has 24 time zones and the deepest lake in the world? You would if you read this cute book! 32pp, 11” x 9”, sc. ~Sara

  • Item #: 012711
    ISBN: 9780890512814
    Retail: $16.99
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    In this third book in the "Wonders of Creation" series, Dr. Morris explains the structure of the earth we live on and presents evidence and theories of rock and landform formation from a young-earth viewpoint. He includes interesting findings from Mt. St. Helens and other recent catastrophic events, discusses various methods of dating the earth, and presents possible scenarios for Creation and the Flood that fit with a literal interpretation of the Biblical account. The well illustrated and easy to read pages make this a good introduction for the younger student or for anyone who has not been exposed to an alternative to the "millions of years" of most geology texts. Grades 5 and up. ~ Reprinted from Christian Home Educators Curriculum Manuals with permission of Cathy Duffy, Grove Publishing.

    The corresponding study guide would be a good tool for small group study and homeschool. Each chapter includes corresponding pages from the book, scripture passages, and questions to answer. There is also a list of vocabulary words to define and suggested activities for each chapter. You can start your own rock collection, make a fossil, and study erosion. This 44-page study guide is not reproducible. An answer key is included. 5" x 8", softcover. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 029400
    ISBN: 9781483826905
    Retail: $16.99
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    I'll say. This 416-page book holds a multitude of math activities appealing to young children. Each page holds fun, colorful illustrations and engaging exercises. The first section concentrates on number recognition and writing. Each number 0-20 is introduced through a variety of coloring, drawing, tracing, writing, and fun pages. The numbers are reviewed after 5, 10, and 20 to ensure retention. Additional sections provide practice in place value, comparison, skip counting by 2, 5, and 10, addition and subtraction with one and two digits, graphing, time, and money. Each section provides complete instruction and holds a number of pages devoted to teaching the concept. The end of the book holds cute math rhymes to further reinforce the numbers. If you're looking for a beginning math book that will hold your child's attention and provide fun learning activities, this book is just the item. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 020858
    Retail: $15.99
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      Scripture memory with the mind and body engaged! Ten KJV passages (rather than individual verses) ranging from 4 verses to whole chapters are taught (Psalm 1 and nine taken from the New Testament). The DVD helps students memorize passages by learning the accompanying full-body actions. We tried the method for Psalm 1 at our church and the students understood and retained key words and themes so well. Each Scripture passage allows you to see the verses acted out. Then a different student helps the children understand the Scriptures and apply them. As you begin to memorize the passage, children and young adults guide you through each verse small sections at a time: first in written and oral form and then accompanied with actions. After completing the video, your family will have learned 79 Scripture verses. Even though this Scripture memory system has several aspects that I really like, I felt the teachers seemed to be addressing only very young children rather than the broader scope indicated. Still, a great multi-sensory way to hide God’s word in your heart. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 012991
    Retail: $7.99
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    Perhaps the best way to learn the US States and Capitals is to travel within the US. Since we can't all do this, maybe the second-best way is through flash cards. This set contains 51 flash cards, 57 fact cards and 1 activity card. The cards are approximately 6" by 3", white with color pictures. Each flash card features an outline map of the US with a line connecting an enlarged picture of a state, with its colored-in counterpart on the map. A yellow star indicates the position of the capital. On the reverse of the flash card you would find the full name of the state, state initials and the name of the capital. (The 51st card is for Washington D.C.) The 57 fact cards again feature an outline of the state with a yellow star and beneath it a picture of that state's flag. The reverse gives the state name and initials, the state capital, nickname, bird, flower, tree, date of statehood, a fun fact about the state and an outline of the US with that one state filled in. The extra seven cards are for the USA as a whole, Washington D.C., and the five permanently inhabited US territories. The activity card suggests nine ways to use your cards by yourself or with a team (or teams). - Genevieve

  • Item #: 007278
    ISBN: 9781449482138
    Retail: $29.99
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    A whirlwind tour of art through the ages!  Beginning with prehistoric art and concluding with 21st-century art, this book covers over 100 artists from around the world and their unique styles. It is by no means your typical art textbook, as it is more of a “crash course” in art history.  The book incorporates more than 350 illustrations (half in full-color) and provides succinct biographical essays regarding the different artists and the styles they represent. There are also informative sidebars and timelines to give you an even greater insight into each period of art history covered.  Art forms discussed include cave paintings, architecture, sculptures, paintings in many different mediums, pottery, photography, and much, much more. Specific artists are discussed briefly in each section as well. Nudity is present in a small percentage of the pictures.  A visual, comprehensive overview for an older student to help them fully appreciate art in all forms. 222 pgs with index, pb. 3rd edition. ~ elise

  • Item #: 004735
    ISBN: 9781250106940
    Retail: $25.99
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    Sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? The reality is there really is such a thing as common sense economics, especially as it relates to wealth and prosperity. Laying a solid foundation for beginning economists and helping advanced students/adults see the bigger picture of the impact of economic policy changes, this book seeks to alleviate economic illiteracy through key principles that equip us to make wise personal and policy choices. In Part 1, readers will explore the twelve key elements of economics. In this section, you will learn the true meaning of costs, why prices matter, how trade furthers prosperity and how the production of goods and services people value (and not just jobs) provides the source of high living standards. In Part 2, the seven sources of economic progress are explored with a focus on the major factors that underlie the growth process. Privately owned property, competition, limits on government regulation, efficient capital investments, monetary stability, low tax rates and free trade are covered in this section. Part 3 examines the role of government in common sense economics. Thoroughly explaining ten elements of clear thinking about economic progress and the role of government, you will quickly realize that the government does have a role in a successful economy, it may just need redefined. Part 4 concludes the economic study with twelve key elements of practical personal finance. Topics include your personal comparative advantage, entrepreneurship, budgeting, financing, savings, investments and diversifying, and teaching your children how to earn and spend money wisely. Including an extensive note section and index along with a website dedicated to the study of common sense economics, this well-organized exposition of economics will educate teens and adults with a thorough and practical understanding of economics and the impact it has on our lives. Worth noting is that the author has supplied a wealth of online resources, at the request of educators, to specifically provide a comprehensive economics course survey. HC. 227 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 001982
    ISBN: 9781483824109
    Retail: $19.99
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    Five subjects conveniently bound into one colossal, full color workbook. Subjects (English, reading comprehension, writing, reading skills [including spelling/vocabulary] and math) are divided into color-coded sections for easy identification. This series covers a great deal of material focusing, of course, on basic skills. These workbooks do not have the breadth or depth that separate programs for individual subjects would have. However, if you're after basic skills mastery in the primary grades, this is a viable, cost-effective option. Teaching suggestions and answer keys included. 540+ pages. ~ Anh

  • Item #: MP1SSE
    Retail: $380.37
    Rainbow Price: $272.00

    This package contains the same books as Memoria Press' First Grade Supplemental Science and Enrichment Complete set with one exception: we have substituted Penguins! National Geographic Reader Level 2 in place of Penguins Are Cool – American Museum of Natural History reader, which is out of print. Please see below for complete set contents.

     

  • Item #: MP1SSC
    Retail: $248.52
    Rainbow Price: $168.00

    This package contains the same books as Memoria Press' First Grade Continuing Supplemental Science & Enrichment set with one exception: theirs includes Penguins Are Cool American Museum of Natural History Reader which is out of print, so we have substituted Penguins! National Geographic Reader Level 2. Complete package contents listed below.

     

  • Item #: 073880
    Retail: $29.99
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    Learn about the pillar of strength known as your skeletal system. Meet Alexander Maximov, a pioneer in stem cell research, and time travel to St. Petersburg Russia, 1922. Includes skeletal models, bone pens and everything you need to color your own back pack.

  • Item #: 071259
    ISBN: 9781936981793
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     Another impressive set of Child1st teaching cards – this time effectively taking on spelling. Colorful cards (5.5” x 4.25”) illustrate 154 sound spellings in 22 categories. The uniqueness here is that all spellings for that particular sound are shown together in single sentences. For instance, for long O – “I told you most of them have to go.” – is shown on the front of the card for O. Each usage is colorfully designated. The back of the card shows all the ways to spell long O (o, ow, oa, o-e, oe, ough, oo, and ou) each with a sample word and then another sentence that uses each of those types of words (Though, it’ll snow at home, your poor goat will go to Joe.) Frankly, this is an amazingly creative way to help children learn the differences between sounds and spellings as well as the relationship between them. You have to admire the ability to come up with all those applicatory sentences. This set of cards coordinates with the Illustrated Book of Sounds and Their Spelling Patterns. Together, you will have an effective spelling program that is likely to be exactly what your right-brain learner needs but might fit into the “fun” category for most types of learners. Both are included in the Easy-for-Me™Grade 2 Kit. The cards come in their own handy, cardboard storage box. ~ Janice

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

  • Item #: 068444
    ISBN: 9781681471082
    Retail: $14.99
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       Save yourself some time making up money games! For a great price, you get 2 decks of 36 cards each, 4 large double-sided game cards, a big card of double-sided coins to pop out, a 48-pg. activity book, and 28 double-sided quiz cards. This set is colorful, engaging, and has clear instructions to play a version of Go Fish, Tic-Tac-Toe and a fun game called Lotto. For several activities, children are using the cardboard coins to show value, matching the correct coins to the values. All materials are sturdy and come in a carrying box. This is a perfect math center set or something to add to your home stash of fun learning games.

  • Item #: 068078
    ISBN: 9780761152507
    Retail: $16.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

     Spend the holiday season learning the Christmas story! Each night starting December 1st, remove an ornament from the calendar. The ornament is actually a tiny board book that tells a small portion of the Christmas story, such as Mary, the journey, the stable, the angel Gabriel, Bethlehem, the manger, etc. This reminds me of one of my childhood traditions with a similar set – every evening, we would read the text on the ornament, and our parents would sometimes supplement it with scripture. This set makes it easy to create a cherished tradition with your family that preserves the Christmas story.  – Laura

  • Item #: 068025
    ISBN: 9780990777007
    Retail: $159.95
    Rainbow Price: $139.95

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

     

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

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

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

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

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