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  • Item #: 056134
    ISBN: 9780794530198
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.24

    This inventive, colorful book is divided in two sections: story writing and instruction on writing fiction (cleverly called the Story Writing Toolkit). The writer is guided to write 20 different stories on the well-designed pages. Story-specific directions, tips, and such things as interesting vocabulary are cleverly included in the margins. Story types vary, too; write a comic strip, a story about time travel or a tale about animal adventures - or finish one the book has started for you. The Tool Kit (15 pages at the back) includes tips and instructions on plot and character development, as well as creating engaging titles, settings and descriptions. The book could serve as a portfolio of your child’s creative writing, maybe even a great keepsake. A great way to get your student’s creative juices flowing. Spiral bound, but exterior binding covers this for added durability. 8” x 9.75”, 95 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 012330
    ISBN: 9780486237329
    Retail: $4.95
    Rainbow Price: $4.25
  • Item #: 064206
    ISBN: 9780794535124
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $12.34

       Play some warm-up games to get creative-writing juices flowing. Spend time perfecting story planning - beginnings, middles and ends! Your budding writer can do both of those things as well as focus on developing characters, descriptions and actions amidst the full-color designs on these lively colored pages. 8” x 9.5”, spiral bound, HC, 64 pp.

  • Item #: 000283
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $21.50

    Create your own long lasting, professional looking book! The IlluStory A+ kit contains non-toxic, washable markers, writing pages, instructions, hints, a story planner, and a postage paid envelope. Write your story, then illustrate it. When you're finished, mail it in (at no additional charge) for completion and production. They'll typeset and bind your book, returning a 7" x 9" hardcover book that even has a place for a dedication. The kit produces an 18 page book, and the author's bio can be placed on the back cover.

    Authors have the choice of either creating their book by hand using the materials in the kit, or producing their book online using the company's website. Working online allows kids to upload photos or scanned images and use digital drawing tools and effects (like speech bubbles, pre-designed backgrounds and more). Designing online also allows them to place more text on each page (there are per-page word limits for hard copy bookmaking). Planning sheets, informational sheets on types of writing and quite a few "story web" graphic organizers flesh out the contents of IlluStory A+ and may be helpful to tie the project in with your current writing curriculum. Next step, the Library of Congress! - Megan

  • Item #: 056275
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $21.50

    Graphic novels, comics, illustrated stories, cartoons call it whatever you like, after all, it's your book! Create your own comic book from a kit, send it off (postage paid) and receive a real published version in the mail that is all YOU! Detailed instructions are clear and easy to follow. There are even story ideas and writing prompts just in case you need them. If you have a student who loves to read comic books, challenge them to come up with their own. It's easier than you might think with this cool kit from Lulu Jr. You could make this a summer project. Make a book about your family or a memorable vacation, or let kids veer off wherever their imagination may take them! You could make one as part of a history study! The kit comes with directions, idea guide, a postage envelope to mail it in, 20 pages for your book and cover, a set of8 broad-line markers, a black felt-tip pen for the dialogue, 1 pencil with sharpener and a white art eraser. You even have the option to have the printer typeset the title & author's name on the cover or to use your own lettering. All inside printing will be in the student's hand. The publisher will take about 2 weeks to make your book. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 055503
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.25

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


  • Item #: 047899
    ISBN: 9781465444714
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.25

  • Item #: 032286
    ISBN: 9780486437453
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    Your kids will learn a lot by listening in on school sessions for the animals of the Green Meadows and Green Forest! Peter Rabbit wants to know more about his four-footed friends who share the meadow and forest with him. He goes to speak with Old Mother Nature, who is only too happy to help by starting daily school sessions. During each session, their class learns about a different mammal by having a special guest visit their class. They meet Danny Meadow Mouse, Prickly Porky the porcupine, Johnny Chuck the woodchuck, and Billy Mink. They also get a surprise visit from Reddy Fox and Buster Bear, who give all the rodents a little scare! During each school session they learn directly from the source about the food they eat, where they live, whether they hibernate or store food, whether they hunt or are hunted, and much more! This book contains forty stories by Thornton W. Burgess that introduce children to over seventy different animals. Each unabridged story has realistic black-and-while illustrations showing the spotlighted animal in their natural habitat. 275 pgs, pb. – elise

  • Item #: 026753
    ISBN: 9781601441447
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $34.99

    Are you looking for a way to challenge your middle school students while your youngers are enjoying Story of the World (or another world history course)? Becoming a world history detective will do it! This course combines critical thinking and reading comprehension skills with your students' standards-based history studies (ancient and medieval history)! Covered skills are impressive for this grade level: using supporting evidence, drawing inferences and conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, understanding chronology or sequence of events, use of vocabulary using context clues, geographical and concept maps, and timelines. There's even grade appropriate experience with college-level analytical essay questions. The worktext provides a passage to read followed by a series of questions - both multiple choice/short answer as well as short essay. A complete answer key is available in the back which includes sample essay answers that identify key points). Free bonus review lessons are available at criticalthinking.com/whd1). 362 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 066429
    ISBN: 9781500728700
    Retail: $40.00
    Rainbow Price: $34.95

    Continuing in the Cottage Press approach to language arts, this series now crosses over from Charlotte Mason to classical with Fable & Song based on the fable exercise of the ancient progymnasmata. The result? A comprehensive classical grammar and composition course for upper elementary students. The twenty-eight lessons are based on Aesop fables (12), poems (12 most from Robert Louis Stevenson) and parables (4 from the Bible). Language arts coverage includes literary analysis (basic components of a story/poem), grammar and word usage, style aspects, imitation of a worthy literary model (retelling), the writing sequence (plan, write, revise), and copywork. Cover the lessons in a week or several weeks there's flexibility. The Student Book is consumable and provides the daily lessons. Instructional text is written directly to the student. Assignments are included with space provided for writing. Actual compositions (retellings) and copywork are completed on separate paper. Flashcards are encouraged for grammar review and reinforcement. You can make your own or a set is available as a free download from the publisher's website. The Teaching Helps book (sold separately) provides detailed instructions for copywork, grammar, composition, and literary/poetry analysis. There are notes and teacher tips for each lesson as well as an answer key where needed. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 012831
    ISBN: 9781591933250
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    When your little ones look up into the night sky, can they identify star patterns or constellations? Or do they only see "a bunch of stars"? If they fall into the latter category, this book is for them! The front of the book answers common questions, such as: what is a constellation, why do stars move, how do I find constellations, and more. There are 26 constellations found in this book and each has a two-page spread. The left page shows the constellation as a dot-to-dot, with information on how to find it in the night sky. The right page includes the fictional story of that constellation and some type of activity, such as: name the constellations, find your Zodiac sign, mazes, picture completion, word searches, bingo, crosswords, and more. There are even cards with the star patterns printed on them for you to cut apart and use for learning. Answers for the activities are found in the back of the book. Start your children young and make stargazing a family activity! 64 pgs. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 071667
    Retail: $2.26
    Rainbow Price: $1.95

    Just like what the big kids use, these notebooks have features for younger writers. At the top of each page is a space to draw a picture (7.25"x 4.5") to illustrate the sentences below. There are 7 lines to write on using dotted-midlines and a red bottom line (1/2" rule). A class schedule inside the front cover documents your year. Handy references inside the back cover remind you of multiplication tables, metric and English measurements as well as conversions. 100 sheets, 2-sided, 7.25"x 9.75", cardboard covers, sewn binding. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 068085
    ISBN: 9780761171737
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

      Subtitled 201 Life Skills they used to teach in Home Ec. and Shop, this book may quickly become your favorite “go to” resource for practically everything! The simple graphics and clearly explained text cover everything from boiling water (true story: my mom did not know this when she married) to refinishing hard wood floors, the life skills taught here cover nearly all you need to know to “adult” well. Simple graphics and clearly explained text.

      The book’s first part concentrates on Home Ec. skills and is divided into five sections: Cooking, Sewing, Laundry and Clothing, Domestic Arts, and Life Skills. You’ll find clear instructions on preparing a variety of foods, canning, repurposing leftovers. You’ll tackle a variety of sewing-related tasks including fixing broken zippers; separating, washing and ironing clothes. Clean a home, including removing gum and common stains from carpet, as well as important life skills like tying a tie and building a household budget.

      The second section tackles a range of traditionally taught shop skills: Domestic Repair, Woodworking and Metalworking, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical. Skills taught include hanging a picture, plastering a wall, replacing a damaged section of carpet, and various building projects, troubleshooting plumbing issues, installing light fixtures, changing flat tires and oil, sharpening a lawn more blade and much more.

      This book practically presents a wide range of necessary skills for both our sons and daughters to learn for success as they learn how to ‘adult.’ Includes helpful index and metric/US conversion tables. 404 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

     

  • Item #: 066430
    ISBN: 9781500728793
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $17.75

    Continuing in the Cottage Press approach to language arts, this series now crosses over from Charlotte Mason to classical with Fable & Song based on the fable exercise of the ancient progymnasmata. The result? A comprehensive classical grammar and composition course for upper elementary students. The twenty-eight lessons are based on Aesop fables (12), poems (12 most from Robert Louis Stevenson) and parables (4 from the Bible). Language arts coverage includes literary analysis (basic components of a story/poem), grammar and word usage, style aspects, imitation of a worthy literary model (retelling), the writing sequence (plan, write, revise), and copywork. Cover the lessons in a week or several weeks there's flexibility. The Student Book is consumable and provides the daily lessons. Instructional text is written directly to the student. Assignments are included with space provided for writing. Actual compositions (retellings) and copywork are completed on separate paper. Flashcards are encouraged for grammar review and reinforcement. You can make your own or a set is available as a free download from the publisher's website. The Teaching Helps book provides detailed instructions for copywork, grammar, composition, and literary/poetry analysis. There are notes and teacher tips for each lesson as well as an answer key where needed. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 012264
    ISBN: 9780913063026
    Retail: $27.95
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    Originally developed as a software package, the success of this simple, phonetically-based program encouraged the publication of The Reading Lesson book. The Reading Lesson is broken into 20 lessons, intended to be done side-by-side with a parent or teacher. A correlating Reading Lesson CD-ROM is available from the publisher, which features animations, audio and simple games. However, the book can be used on its own, and at this time the book is the only component we are offering.

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

  • Item #: 032115
    ISBN: 9781640300972
    Retail: $9.00
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

  • Item #: 003008
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.95

  • Item #: 067903
    ISBN: 9780794538743
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.24

     Open a smorgasbord of writing options for your student and let them fill the pages with ideas. Quick tips, varied writing space and appealing designs help introduce and practice writing skills. Pique their interest with brief introductions to important skills such as developing characters, genre, imagery, poetic forms, dialogue, plot mapping, and generating ideas. Besides the classic story writing, you’ll also get a little taste of more unusual genre like listicles, poetry, diary, blogging, sports writing, comics, screenplay and shock journalism. The book includes a glossary, space to record a reading list, and a student bio page. Access to Quicklinks provides more writing inspiration and tips. Consumable, spiralbound, 96 pgs, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 066965
    Retail: $2.30
    Rainbow Price: $1.95

  • Item #: 066964
    Retail: $2.09
    Rainbow Price: $1.95

  • Item #: 066963
    Retail: $1.77
    Rainbow Price: $1.60

  • Item #: 066962
    Retail: $1.56
    Rainbow Price: $1.50

       Nice, bright white, heavy-weight (80#) paper make these saddle-stitched books a great choice for preserving your child’s creativity. All art materials (paints, crayons, markers, and pencils) can be used. The lined books have blank space on top and four 3/4” lines with dotted middles on the bottom half of each page. 28 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 065631
    ISBN: 9780062564771
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.75

    This official Chronicles of Narnia coloring book is a treasure! Step through the wardrobe as you color your way through favorite scenes, maps of Narnia, and decorated quotes. The 94 beautifully-designed pages feature original artwork from all seven stories. 8 x 11, 94 pages.

  • Item #: 057644
    ISBN: 9781931181464
    Retail: $3.95
    Rainbow Price: $2.95

    Make a scrap book or start your own collection of children's stories with this blank book. 48 landscape-oriented pages of heavy-weight paper give the author lots of space to work with. Record your make-believe stories, journal entries, sketches, and more. SC. – Laura

  • Item #: 052331
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.99

    POW! ZOOM! WHACK! Make your own superhero adventures or super stories come alive with this exciting comic book kit. Kids have great imaginations, so why not have them channel that energy into creating their own graphic novels? This kit has all the supplies to make that happen including: 2 illustration books featuring a blank cover with 32 pages of pre-printed black comic cells inside, 10 vibrant washable markers, 2 stencils for type and word bubbles, 5 rubber stamps (3 action words, 2 patterns), 3 blank foam ink pads that you customize and 3 bottles of stamp ink (red, orange, blue). ~ Emily

    CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

  • Item #: 047445
    ISBN: 9780064431231
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    This ALA Notable Children's Book by Mitsumasa Anno is a beautiful, wordless picture book that simply illustrates numbers zero through twelve. At first, there is an empty field. Then one house with one child building one snowman. More beautiful watercolor illustrations follow the growth of the little town until twelve buildings stand in the snow at Christmastime in the twelfth month of December. Included in the back are the author's notes about numbers, simply explaining how the numbers we use must have come to be. This simple book has an air of peace about it that both you and your child will enjoy—and learn from. ~ Rachel D.

  • Item #: 045154
    ISBN: 9780890518328
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.15

    A Biblically based activity book that helps your preschooler review colors, numbers, letters, shapes, opposites and other basic skills (such as sequencing). The book tells the story of Noah with pleasant rhyme, detailed pictures to color in, and activities to do. It also directs students to learn various key concepts. For example, color the grain that Ham and his wife gather yellow; follow steps to draw a rectangle since the ark was rectangular shaped; learn alphabet letters using the included Noah Alphabet song. Each page emphasizes the story while reinforcing preschool concepts so children review both simultaneously. Activities include tracing, coloring, mazes, counting, etc. A nice, Biblically based review activity book. From Master Books and part of the Biblical Beginnings for Preschoolers curriculum. 8 1/2” x 11”, 98 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 044932
    ISBN: 9781602680111
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.31

    Or, in home school language: a literature-based unit study. This one uses some of my very favorite children's picture books (see list below). For each of the 18 books, there's a story summary and a "before the story", "during the story" and "after the story" suggestion. A helpful shaded box points out themes, skills, vocabulary, and related books. This is followed by "connections" to curriculum areas including: language arts, math, science, problem-solving and social skills, fine motor, gross motor, visual discrimination, art, and creative dramatics. Reproducible activity pages are provided for some of these. This is great for preschool, as you can center one or several days around these books, themes and activities – even an entire week if you integrate the related literature selections. As an example, for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, emphasized themes are: being a good host, patience, real and fantasy. Skills focused on are making predictions, alphabet, counting, biology, and manners. Special vocabulary is carried away, comfortable, finished, mustache, remind. Related books include If You Take a Mouse to School and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Before reading the book, you ask your child to predict what might happen if they gave a mouse a cookie and relate that to what they do when they get a cookie. During the story, you take advantage of the many "cliffhangers" in the book, allowing children to guess at the sentence endings before turning the page. After the story, the author suggests additional readings (this is because children have such fun with the outlandish turns of events – most stories have other activities in this section). There are two Language Arts Connections; one is playing with magnetic letters on a cookie sheet (related to the drawn red letters and cookies on the book cover); the other is to make alphabet cookies (sounds yummy!). For a math activity, there's a reproducible page for children to match the chocolate chip cookies with the same number of chips. Science Connections have you researching what mice really eat. If you have access to a mouse, the book suggests experimenting with various foods. If not, you'll have to settle for using another book, using the internet, or visiting a pet store. In Problem-Solving and Social Skills Connections, children practice being good hosts or hostesses. You can play the mouse and let your child entertain you (tea party, anyone)? Then, as the mouse does in the story, children practice fine motor skills by drawing pictures of a scene from the book or of their family as the mouse does. Children practice writing their names (using tracing paper), tape it to the artwork, and then to the refrigerator, just like mouse. For Gross Motor Connections, you again mimic the mouse, this time in sweeping and cleaning (remember, the mouse got carried away and swept the entire house!). The book suggests supplementing with a little house-sweeping music of your choice. In Art Connections, children construct Barbershop Portraits as you reread the book, paying special attention to the part where mouse trims his hair. Children paste long strands of yarn to self-portraits for hair (deliberately making the hair in need of a trim). After the glue dries, children use safety scissors to "cut" their hair to a desired length. In Creative Dramatics Connections children practice proper mealtime manners. After rereading the section of the book where mouse asks for a straw and a napkin with his cookie snack, you provide yourself and your child(ren) with paper plates, empty cups and straws, and napkins. Then you pretend to be a group of mice, eating cookies and drinking milk, demonstrating how to eat a cookie over your plate, use your napkin and drink properly with a straw. If children do well, follow through with real cookies and milk then show children how to clean up after the meal. A final reproducible page has children color the pictures that show how someone in the family takes care of them (also great as a discussion starter).

  • Item #: 042949
    ISBN: 9780439504072
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.75

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

  • Item #: 037064
    ISBN: 9781423133087
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.75