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  • Item #: 013797
    ISBN: 9780764223419
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    Written by minister and bestselling author Larry Christenson, this beautifully illustrated book presents a tasteful approach to families, babies, and sexual intimacy from a wholesome, Christian perspective. Arguing that it is ideal for a child to learn about such a delicate subject under the guidance of his parents, rather than from outside sources, Rev. Christenson has presented this book as a tool by which parents can impart to their children an attitude of reverence for God's gift of life and intimacy.

    As I read this book, I found myself particularly impressed, not only by the thoughtfully written text, but also by the wonderful full-color illustrations! Cheri Bladholm is to be commended for the artful way in which she has captured, on paper, the essence of God's design for families. A father and son making "goofy" faces as they brush their teeth together; a teenage boy and girl taking time to play "dolls" with their little brother and sister, a husband and wife entwined in a loving embrace; these are just a few examples of the heartwarming depictions of family life that grace each page. With their soft hues and textures, these lovely pictures perfectly complement the text in a tribute to the sanctity of human life.

    Designed to "grow" with your child, this book is written with two scenarios in mind: 1) A parent reading the book aloud to a small child. The illustrations and large-print verse are intended for small children, ages three to eight. 2) An older child reading the book to himself. The smaller-print paragraphs on each page present additional material for children over eight years old. If preferred, these sections may also be read by the parent, or with parental supervision. A wonderful way to begin presenting the information, feelings, and attitudes you would like to share with your children about the truly wonderful ways babies are made. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 002290
    ISBN: 9781942454014
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    Fabric crafts are a fun way for students to design and wear their own art. This set would make a great gift for that artsy tween/teen because it includes everything but the clothing and an iron! Ok, you might also need some colored pencils to plan out your design first, cardboard to keep your fabric taut while you create and brown paper when it’s time to iron. But let’s talk about what this kit teaches and includes! Inside you’ll find 10 colored stamp pads (each 1.25” square); a dark fabric marker; 10 foam geometric shaped stampers; 6 pages of cardstock stencils to use; and an inspiring idea book with room to plan original designs. The stencils have things like butterflies, peace signs, bows, hearts, fruit, stars, argyles, cupcake, doughnut, candies, numbers, locks & keys, even chains so you can design a necklace on a tee! Photo instructions are clear and simple to follow. Once you are done stamping, heat set your design with an iron and it will be hand-washable. The design book gives you so many ideas on creating patterns with the stamps and stencils. It was amazing to see chevron and hound’s-tooth created with the stampers! Use the marker to outline your designs or add details. While you can make simple designs, there is instruction to get really intricate too, making this a fun book for older kids who have a flair for fashion! Experiment with overlapping colors and how the colors change with the background fabric. A white tee is the simplest way to get started. I loved how the kids are encouraged to plan out their creations rather than just go for it. I think that element takes this from craft to fabric design. All materials are contained in one unit (14” x 9.5”) with the spiral book on one end and the materials at the other. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 064820
    ISBN: 9781943122004
    Retail: $0.00
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       Have you ever wanted to sit and soak in the wisdom of an expert in treating learning difficulties? As a parent or educational specialist, you know the children in your care are bright and capable, yet learning is hard for them. If you ever wondered if you can do more to help your struggling learner, this DVD series may have the answers you are seek.

      Designed for Special Ed teachers, literacy teachers, home-educators, tutors and others with a special interest to help children, Dianne Craft’s 10+ hour seminar series explains the brain research behind many learning glitches (disabilities), gives you the tools to identify processing glitches, and plan a program to correct blocked learning gates. She also provides effective strategies and lesson plans through the 9 sessions in this video seminar. Sessions include:

      Session 1: Identifying Your Child’s Processing Problems provides the foundational understanding of the four learning gates and signs of blocked learning gates. Right and Left Brain learning traits are also clarified. A 3-prong approach is provided to correct blocked learning gates.

      Session 2: Dysgraphia: When Writing is Painful discusses the signs of writing stress and compares it to a child who may appear lazy or uncooperative. Visual-Spatial problems are also explained before she expands on activities to correct dysgraphia. Mrs. Craft stresses that progress may be seen in as little as 3 months; however, a minimum of 6 months is necessary for full benefit. Includes step by step, Daily Writing “Eight” Exercise instructions and the daily lesson plan for struggling writer and speller.

      Session 3: Right Brain Paragraph and Composition Writing addresses the “loose thought patterns” experienced by children and teens who suffer with dysgraphia, ADD or Auditory Processing problems. A simple formula of baby steps, right brain webbing and modeling are easy to implement at home and have proven successful with reluctant, struggling writers. Includes directions for beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels, along with writing tools for parent/teacher guidance.

      Session 4: Right Brain Math is dedicated to all the children who forget math from day to day. Teaching a “Plan B” for struggling math students, Mrs. Craft provides helpful, detailed information on right brain strategies for effective learning of math concepts. These strategies will work with any math curriculum. Includes math tutoring instructions.

      Session 5: Training Your Child’s Photographic Memory (for Spelling) provides a right brain teaching strategies that work for struggling spellers-regardless of brain dominance. Considered a “Plan B” for spellers, this DVD teaches a photographic memory method which may be valuable throughout life. Includes information to access a 1200 Most Commonly Used Words list.

      Session 6: Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems explores why reading is hard for some kids. With a focus on children at least 2 years behind in reading, Mrs. Craft explains the levels of processing problems, and differentiates dyslexia from visual and auditory processing disorders, and general reading dysfunctions. She then elaborates on the keys to correcting reading problems: Correct and Bypass. Includes daily lesson plans and a quick word recognition spelling test. Also, recommended for correction of reading problems are the Brain Integration Therapy Manual and Right Brain Phonics materials and basal readers.

      Session 7: Kids and Teenagers with Focus/Attention Issues takes a fascinating look at how our diet and antibiotic use may appear as symptoms of sensory dysfunction and focus/attention issues. She also explores the big question- “Is it character or chemistry?” and provides simple checklists of behavioral and physical characteristics. Dietary changes and nutritional supplementation recommendations are recommended.

      Session 8: Auditory Process Problems reviews common myths before teaching the characteristics that impact reading, spelling and math. Covering common physical causes (allergies, nutritional deficiencies), Mrs. Craft shares ways to bypass and correct auditory channels issues at home.

      Session 9: Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Problems looks at the increasing prevalence of autism in the U.S., traditional treatment and causation theories. Mrs. Craft recommends a 3-pronged approach to unlock the abilities of Autistic children, with a focus on nutrition in this session. She provides the foundational knowledge you need to identify, treat and restore the underlying biochemical disorder that may cause or exacerbate autistic symptoms. 

      Overall, this series is tremendously beneficial for parents and educators alike. There are a couple of disappointments. First, the DVDs are recordings of workshop sessions presented to a large group. Therefore, some graphics are difficult to see or have been updated to fit the DVD presentation. On one occasion, Mrs. Craft and her assistant are showing how to do the Circle Eight Exercises correctly and are partially blocked by the podium. The accompanying Study Guide is jam-packed with helpful information; however, at times is difficult to follow along with the presentations. As my colleagues and I viewed the videos, we elected to take notes during the sessions and read the study guide after the session. While there is no Biblical teaching, Mrs. Craft makes comments about our children being “God-made”, the value of prayer in helping our struggling learners and “God as our Supreme Being.” DVDs range from 45-90 minutes. CEUs or course completion certifications are also available. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 064793
    ISBN: 9781433682933
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      By the author of 10 Things for Teen Girls, this book is a heart-to-heart about current, main-stream American teen issues. Don’t let the limited chapter titles fool you. The author focuses in very specifically - for example, a tanning bed is the springboard for discussing beauty standards. You’ll find chapters on what modesty is and isn’t, responses to beauty standards, appropriate social media behaviors, handling teen “drama,” “following your heart,” smoking, relationships and reputations, and appropriately balancing femininity. The author is careful to discern the desires that drive behaviors and encourage appropriate, Godly responses.
    While parents are the primary audience, the flavor is very modern and teen oriented. Be prepared for the author’s creativity, current cultural references, some potentially perceived irreverence and personal anecdotes (for example, references to watching The Bachelor; a chapter that is only four-words, etc.). A main truth encouraged: many responses to our culture and to our own situations can be appropriately redirected by holding fast to the truth that in God, you are beautiful and enough. 5.5x8.5”, 211 pp, pb. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 057957
    ISBN: 9781426211270
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    "In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Col. Jackson, down the mighty Mississip." If you're like me that might be about all you know or can remember about the War of 1812. Our reasons for fighting it were obscure; what was accomplished is likewise vague. Wouldn't you like to know more? This unassuming little book proves there is a lot more; providing an overview of the war – causes, invasions, the war fronts, victories, and peace – and then a battlefield-by-battlefield guide. Looking at the various regions where war action took place, battlefield and historic sites are visited. Maps, aerial views, photos, and text – supplied in a colorful, heavy paper format – all help tell the story of each site. Particularly helpful are the Quick History inserts that serve as summaries. The Nearby and Noteworthy sections identify places you might want to include on a tour. The Don't Miss sections help prioritize. Written to be a handbook for those who want to tour the various sites and understand the bigger picture, the book, nevertheless, makes a good quick study of the war. It was important; it defined boundaries for two countries and impacted the history of three people groups – Americans, Canadians, and Native Americans. And, then, of course, it gave us our National Anthem. 128 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 044000
    ISBN: 9780310277439
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    Social networking websites (MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, etc.) have become a huge part of how kids communicate with their peers and express themselves. While there are some risks associated with social networking, it is nonetheless becoming more and more a part of everyday life (the book points out how it is being likened to the same kind of social change as upgrading to cars from buggies). Since it seems futile to ban kids from something that is such a large part of the world we live in, this book shows how Christian parents can make sure their kids are being safe and God-honoring online. The book is easy to read and very practical, giving parents great information about MySpace (and social sites in general), with step-by-step directions on how to use the site and see what your children have been up to. It first gives details about what exactly MySpace is, explaining why teenagers love it so much and how it is making such a change in the world. It shows you how to navigate around MySpace (and even make your own profile if you wish), with instructions any parent could follow, even if youââ‚™re not particularly computer literate. It details how teens use the sites, how to be sure your child is ready to use MySpace, safety tips to follow, and the risks versus rewards of using the sites. It even shows how many people use the sites to take a stand about issues and spread Godââ‚™s Word. There are also tips for alternatives if you ultimately decide the risks are not worth the rewards when it comes to social networking. A useful glossary of computer/MySpace terms is included. 214 pgs, pb. ~Rachel
  • Item #: 043985
    ISBN: 9781414312972
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    Christian teenagers today face social issues that would have seemed absurd just a few generations ago. They are seen as ignorant and bigoted if they reject things like homosexuality, witchcraft, and abortion or embrace things like sexual purity and Creationism. Some of the issues are so new that many parents struggle to find biblically-based answers to questions their teenagers may be asking. This timely book gives clear, succinct answers to these common questions with biblical, scientific, and other data to back them up. If you're homeschooling your children, they may not be exposed to some of the issues/questions presented in this book, but in a world that is becoming increasingly more "new-age" (and is increasingly viewing Christianity as an intolerant, hypocritical, close-minded, archaic religion), parents need to be aware of what their kids are exposed to by society in general and be prepared to answer some tough questions. The book covers a wide range of topics including the origin of man, the existence of hell, modern science, the Bible, Jesus, homosexuality, oppression of women, the Crusades, sex, abortion, genetic engineering, divorce, public schools, work and careers, pornography, government, wars, Islam, Wicca, and much more. Questions like "What if people created God out of their own need to feel cared for? Shouldn't we be tolerant of what others believe? If people want to die, isn't it more merciful to let them commit suicide? Do Christians believe in the separation of church and state?" and "Don't Christians have a long history of persecuting Muslims?" are just a few of the contemporary questions that this book tries to answer. Some age-old questions like "Why does the universe exist?" and "Did God create evil?" are also covered. By relying on common sense and statistics as much as the Bible, this book gives straightforward answers that will prepare parents to talk to their children about these issues. 232 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 040310
    ISBN: 9781884377136
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    As a parent, you might find it hard at times to talk with your teenagers about "life." I'm not saying that a book can replace a heart-to-heart conversation with your teen, but it can help get the ball rolling. This simple book by Daniel Kauffman was first published over 100 years ago, but the message is still one that needs to be heard by this generation. The main focus is to "direct the minds of teenagers heavenwards and to give them a clearer view of life's pleasure and duties and responsibilities." It does just that through its conversational writing style and timeless topics. In fact, you feel like an older and wiser man is passing on the "secrets of life." Each of the twelve chapters address an important matter, such as: growth (physical, emotional and spiritual), life purpose, productivity vs. laziness, honesty, kindness, cheerfulness, humility, the difference between worldly and real pleasures, which companions to seek, peer pressure, the importance of small things, vengeance, idle words, pouting, dishonest dealings, and finally, salvation! This forty-six page, paperback book is small in size, but it sure packs a punch! I'd highly recommend it as a discussion guide to use with your teen. It is bound to challenge them and to get their young minds thinking about what's really important in life. – elise

  • Item #: 036894
    ISBN: 9781594760679
    Retail: $95.95
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      Going on a trip? Keep the memories alive and kids entertained with their very own travel journal. The journal includes writing and drawing prompts as you plan the trip (check a packing list, create an itinerary), space to record events during each day of the trip, and games to play to pass time in transit. For an even more personal touch, photos or souvenirs can be safely attached to the acid-free paper. Quotes about travelling and tourism are scattered throughout, while world maps and measurement conversion charts are found in the back. An elastic band holds your place or keeps the journal’s cover securely closed in your suitcase. 96 pgs, hc.

  • Item #: 034081
    ISBN: 9781476764665
    Retail: $16.99
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    Surviving the teen years can be tough, but this "how-to" book contains seven great habits that will not only help your teen survive, but thrive! The author, Sean Covey, is the son of the infamous Stephen R. Covey, who wrote the bestselling 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book is similar in content, yet is tailored for teens and focuses on issues that they deal with. As a side note, many of the examples and illustrations focus in on issues that often arise within the public school system; however, most of the principles and advice given will still be greatly beneficial to homeschooled students, as well. Maybe your teen isn't an avid reader, but watch them devour this book as Sean Covey's animated writing style not only entertains them, but gets them thinking about their life and helps them start making some good decisions. The seven habits that are covered begins with "private victories" as your teen learns how to be proactive, begin with the end in mind, and how to put first things first, which all focus on what Covey likes to call "self-mastery." Next, your teen will begin to work on "public victories" that will help them work on relationships and teamwork by thinking win-win, seeking first to understand and then to be understood, and how to synergize their life. The last habit your teen will learn is how to sharpen the saw, which will help your child in the area of personal renewal. (Be sure not to neglect this habit, as it feeds into the other six!) All in all, this book is inspirational and motivating in every aspect. As each habit is covered, your teen will be challenged to set goals and to put a plan in place to achieve them. Covey also provides your child with "baby steps" at the end of each chapter that will help get them on track to mastering each habit. If you are looking for a way to get your teen on track, then give them this book. Within this 270 page, paperback book they will learn the value of hard work, setting and achieving goals, and taking responsibility and initiative, all of which are characteristics of highly effective leaders – and these are characteristics that we want our future leaders (a.k.a. your teenager) to possess! Please note that although this book talks about some general "good" habits, it is not written from a Christian perspective. – elise

  • Item #: 030564
    ISBN: 9780310242604
    Retail: $12.99
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    A follow-up to the popular Honey for a Child's Heart, Gladys Hunt has taken her passion for good literature and melded it with her passion to help teenagers catch a "vision of what they could be, what they were meant to be, created in God's image."

    The book discusses the value of reading as an individual as well as together as a family. She relates stories about her family reading together and the shared experiences, memories and discussions which resulted. The point? Reading together is as valuable for families with teens as it is for families with small children. I can attest to this as when our three year old goes to bed, my teenage boys and my wife and I read aloud together. I am fairly sure my teenagers enjoy it, if their pleas of "Can't we read just one more chapter?" are any indication.

    The author then discusses the characteristics of what makes a good book and evaluating literature within a Christian worldview. Finally, there are book lists by genre to help you choose books of interest to your teen along with handy indexes for reference. Want help getting your teen off the computer and back into reading? This book may just be the ticket. ~ Jerry

  • Item #: 026624
    ISBN: 9780980073249
    Retail: $14.95
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    If you consider yourself an independent woman, and wish to be treated like one, then it is high time you learned about your vehicle! People may automatically assume that you have no mechanical knowledge, but if you want to be safe out on the road there are a few basics that you should know. This handy little guidebook is geared towards young ladies and is packed full of useful information such as buying your first car, learning about your owner's manual, basic anatomy of the car, stocking your car, maintenance, dealing with mechanics, handling dangerous driving conditions, and more. Not only will you impress your family, friends, and passengers, but you will be able to confidently and competently handle your vehicle, both in the driver's seat and under the hood. Written from a more "worldly teenage girl" point of view, you may find some of the references unnecessary, but the information is helpful and easy to understand. Danica Patrick would approve. Pb, 127 pgs. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 021574
    ISBN: 9780152013059
    Retail: $7.99
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    My family's reputation as Titanic experts is well-earned. We have spent years immersed in all things Titanic, whether it is original writings or the pop culture accounts. While most of the newer accounts have a tendency to be romanticized and overly invented, I found this book to be neither. Presenting a believable, seemingly accurate account of an Irish teenager who has the misfortune to be traveling on the Titanic on her fateful maiden voyage, this book presents the human side of the Titanic tragedy. Fifteen-year old Barry O'Neill is homesick and apprehensive about his first voyage across the seas. His journey is tumultuous from the beginning as he adjusts to his traveling companion, Mr. Scoggins; struggles with the rowdy Flynn boys; and enjoys his budding friendship with Pegeen. Then the trip culminates in the ultimate disaster! Although the Titanic tragedy is familiar, you will find your young people spellbound with this well-written, engaging story of the young people aboard the Titanic's first and final voyage. PB. 246 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 021331
    ISBN: 9781414387161
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    Today's teenager often experiences overwhelming thoughts, both negative and positive, and may begin to feel anxious regarding the decisions and path to take toward adulthood. Give your teen the tools for success through the "Think 4:8 principle." What is Think 4:8? Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about it" (Philippians 4:8 TLB). Providing 40 days of reflection and encouragement, this book takes teens on a "joy ride" as they examine the joy of decisiveness, the joy of perspective, the joy of goals, the joy of compassion, the joy of self-discipline and a host of other daily joy-filled traits that can change their lives. Excellent for personal growth, family devotions or small group settings, and not for teens only--there is application for older children (and even adults) within these pages as well. 222 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 012739
    ISBN: 9781433682919
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    A very difficult thing for teen girls to understand is how special they are just being themselves. The media and society send messages that tell them that they have to look a certain way, act a certain way, or hang out with the right kind of people to be 'cool.' Teaching teen girls that they are valuable is an important life lesson and one that will sustain them through adulthood.

    Kate Conner is a Christian author and blogger who has reached a multitude of teen girls with the message, "You are beautiful, You are valuable, You are enough." Kate also counsels young girls and has taken some of that encouragement and wise words and put it into 10 Things for Teen Girls . Teens will appreciate her simple honesty and straightforward advice concerning today's concerns. She talks to them about how they dress and how it is perceived by guys, how to act, being honest with yourself, and keeping God at the center of your decisions and thoughts. The advice gets practical: don't go to tanning beds; be careful how you post on social media; smoking is not cool; don't play stupid to get attention; and don't let a guy make you feel inferior or weak. Kate writes in a way that will appeal to some teenage girls, but be warned – she is very blunt. Some of the things she says and the terminology might seem harsh to a gentler spirit. 188-pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 012331
    ISBN: 9781600220975
    Retail: $14.99
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    Over 350 creative writing prompts geared towards helping students read, think, and respond. Several writing prompts are included per page, and students can write as much as they wish about a topic or complete an assigned amount of words or pages. Prompts are broken up into eight sections. The All About Me section includes prompts like "Would you rather be a baby, a kid, a teenager, or an adult? Why?" and "If you could add a holiday that everyone in the country would celebrate, what would it be, when would it be, and how would everyone celebrate?" The Family Relationships section has prompts like "What have you learned about cooking from your parents? Do you think you'll be a good cook?" and "Describe a time when you and your siblings worked together." The Friendship section has questions like "How do you make a new friend?" and "If you could have anyone as your best friend, who would you choose and why?" The School section includes prompts like "What do you remember most about being in kindergarten?" and "What is your favorite subject in school and why? Is it the easiest subject for you? What is your least-favorite subject and why?" The Academics section has prompts like "If you could visit another planet, which one would you choose, and what do you think you might see?" and "What is one talent or skill that you have? How can you turn it into a career?" The Character Education and Safety section has prompts like "Some boys and girls choose to be mean to each other. What do you think causes them to be that way?" and "If you and a friend got lost in the woods while hiking, what would you do?" The Points to Ponder/Problem Solving section includes prompts like "If you were the leader of your country, what would you change about your country?" and "Would you rather be a famous movie star or a doctor? Why?" The last section is titled Story/Fiction Narrative and includes prompts like "You have been offered a round trip ride in a time machine and can travel any distance into the past. Where would you want to go? Describe the trip." Whether you work through the book and use all the prompts or just select the ones that appeal to you, this book is very useful at finding simple writing topics. Reproducible, 80 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Item #: 056275
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    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 #: 065436
    Retail: $35.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

    Have some chemistry fun with Elementeo! Set in a medieval, mythological time, this strategy game will help you learn about 50 of the 118 elements of the Periodic Table through different levels of play. In the Element Level you will move and attack with your elements. In the Reaction Level you use the properties and reactions of elements to attack your opponent’s elements. Create compounds from elements and use them to win in the Compound Level. Use black holes, supernovas, nuclear reactions, and Newton’s Laws to help you in the Alchemy Level. The Fusion Level lets you create your own special fusion deck to conquer the chemistry world. The game includes 30 Electron chips, dice, playing board, 2 Element Decks (53 cards each), Compound Deck (25 cards), and Alchemy Deck (25 cards). Cards in this game are reflective of the medieval setting, and you will be helped along your way by the Helium Genie, Sulfur Wizard, Magnesium Magician, Phosphorous Phoenix, and an army of other elemental characters. For 2 to 4 players, commit the elements and their properties to memory as you create, combat, and conquer.

  • Item #: 067641
    ISBN: 9781338158809
    Retail: $21.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.50

       Create a dozen custom bath bombs with this kit! Simply choose a mold; follow the crystal clear directions to get the right amount of ingredients; mix; pack the mold; and let dry. The bomb sets after 5 minutes so you can reuse the mold, but the bombs should be left to dry for about 4 days before using. Once you have the basic idea, you can be really creative. Mix colors to get unique shades, supplement scents with your own essential oils, pack the molds with multiple colors for fun effects and details, use your own cookie cutters for different shapes, or even hide little surprises inside the bombs to give as a gift! Everything you need is included: three 75g bags of colored baking soda (Pink-red, yellow, and blue), 4oz of citric acid, strawberry kiwi scented oil, 1.05 oz of glycerin, and five plastic molds (penguin, ice cream cone, dolphin, yay cloud, and sphere; sizes are between 1.5” and 3.5” long).

  • Item #: 040707
    ISBN: 9781933339092
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

    Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

    The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.

  • Item #: 013236
    ISBN: 9781932012736
    Retail: $42.00
    Rainbow Price: $27.95

    Once students have learned all about the creatures of the air and the basics of zoology, they can take a trip into the depths and discover all the strange and unique creatures of the sea, lakes, and rivers. They'll learn about the special features of swimming creatures, the different watery environments they live in, what their lifestyles are like, and the special circumstances they deal with. Then they take a closer look at specific groups of swimming creatures, including whales, seals, sea cows, sea turtles, sea snakes, sea frogs and toads, primeval reptiles (like plesiosaurs), fish, sharks, rays, crustaceans, cephalopods, echinoderms, cnidarians, sponges, leeches, and more. As they study these creatures, they'll create replicas of them to add to an ongoing "Ocean Box," and conduct neat experiments like discovering the insulating power of fat, investigating how electrical current travels through salt water vs. fresh water, and determining how much of a role temperature plays in tadpole development. They'll also add to their notebooks by drawing the animals in them, comparing and contrasting animals, and much more. Whether the ocean is a familiar place to your children or not, they'll be equally fascinated by learning about the unique creatures beneath the water.

  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.35
    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 004925
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    For the dinosaur and art lover in your family children can now mold their own brightly colored and unique dinosaurs. Mold a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus with this kit's contents: 3 plastic dinosaur skeleton fossils (each about 5.5"), 5 blocks of non-drying clay (blue, green, yellow, red, and purple), wiggly eyes, clay tools, and instructions. Squeeze the clay in your hands to soften; then mold it around the skeleton fossils. Be creative and use any of the colors to create your own unique dinosaur creature. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 049584
    ISBN: 9781893103627
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.75

    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 #: 036784
    Retail: $33.95
    Rainbow Price: $24.95
    While robot kits are very entertaining and educational, they can be expensive. This kit is considerate in this regard, as it recycles its parts for up to 14 robots. Your kids can learn about solar power as an alternative energy source while putting together and playing with such creatures as Turtle-bot, Beetle-bot, Quadru-bot, and more. There are also two levels of complexity for the robots, some being simpler to put together, and some more challenging. Instructions are included for all 14 variations.
  • Item #: 036564
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.25

    This tool is made to be used with standard 1cm base-ten blocks to help children think of whole numbers from 1-199 in terms of hundreds, tens, and ones. The sturdy blue foam frame (11"x 7") comes with 21 number tiles (digits 0-9). Using standard base ten units, rods and flats with the number tiles helps your child picture the numbers more clearly as they place the blocks into the three sections of the frame and attach a number tile to them – a definite plus for a student who is struggling with place value as a concept. A small guide with activities and noting CCSS correlations is included in the set. Number tiles are about an inch square and 10mm thick. Base-ten blocks are not included. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 069511
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

     Zip around the country, collecting your states, and be the first to return home to win! To start, each player receives 6 state cards, in 6 different geographic locations. Take turns rolling the die and moving your airplane token across the board to land on the states you received. When you get there, you must correctly answer a geography question to “win” that state. Once you have collected all of your states, race back home. The game contains 220 double-sided question cards, with 220 questions at the 3-4th grade level and 220 questions at the 5th+ grade level. Players will learn all about state geography, facts, capitals and more while having fun! 2-4 players

  • Item #: 057059
    ISBN: 9781584766247
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    No more boring binders to organize your nickels and dimes. Besides the variety of coin slots, this book is filled with tons of fun facts about the U.S. Mint and the currency we carry every day. There is room for old coins, new coins, and even the new presidential dollar coins, some of which haven't even been released yet! This feature makes it a hobby that can be enjoyed now and for many years to come, as well as a great supplemental learning aid for U.S. history. - Laura

  • Item #: 022914
    ISBN: 9780979221101
    Retail: $39.00
    Rainbow Price: $32.50

    Sure, we all study astronomy in high school, but does the astronomy you studied help you to navigate, tell time, or even identify the planets as they appear to us in the sky? Probably not, if you, like me and many others, studied astronomy primarily as ½Å"modern astronomy" which offers dazzling telescopic photos of the planets, and information based on measurements made by astronomers. So, what's the difference? Classical astronomy is based on how humans on earth view the sky, and how we can learn the patterns of movement of the sun, moon and stars and apply this knowledge for practical use. This is the way astronomy has been studied for centuries, before we developed high-tech instruments to satisfy our never-ending curiosity about the surfaces of other planets, the structure of stars and planets, and what else is out there.

    To fulfill this purpose, Signs & Seasons focuses on learning classical astronomy through the cycles of movement of celestial bodies and how these change through a day, a month, and a year. The course is written from a Biblical standpoint, and author Jay Ryan reminds us that keeping time through the days, months, and seasons were actually the purpose that the sun, moon, and stars were created. Seven chapters (and an epilogue) cover an introduction to the sky, day, night, the cycle of the month, the position of the sun in the sky and its' apparent movement to us, the cycle of the month, the seasonal stars, ½Å"wandering" stars (planets), and the calendar. Topics studied within include the divisions of the day, astronomical alignments, the circle of the meridian, phases of the moon, eclipses and why they occur, changes in the sky through the seasons, the motions of the planets, and much more. Historical information is woven throughout the text, which ties together what we observe in the skies today, and what ancient astronomers learned from viewing the same sky years ago.

    Each chapter is formatted like a science text, with very readable, fascinating text accompanied by large, clear, grayscale illustrations that follow along and offer a visual component that matches the reading. The diagrams that show the movement of the stars are especially helpful, as they show their change in position over time, from the ground, so they should be similar to what you observe in the night sky. Quotes from the Bible, famous astronomers, and various other places are scattered throughout the text, and in keeping with the ½Å"classical" theme, historical woodcuts and vintage art also accompany the text.

    Following the text portion of the book, you'll find a section of ½Å"field activities" to be used with each chapter. These include making and maintaining a field journal to record all of your observations, sketching diagrams of the sun, moon and stars and doing hands-on manipulative activities with a globe and cardboard models. Activities are given for all major topics covered which allow you to see the astronomical topics in practice and are sure to make them very memorable! Guiding questions accompany the observation activities and give students a guideline for their journal entries as they observe. Although there are no study or review questions found in the book chapters, keep an eye out for the accompanying workbook that will be available soon. An appendix at the end of the book holds a glossary, bibliographies of quoted authors, astronomical tables for viewing the stars and planets, a bibliography and index. So, if you think you've already covered astronomy, sit tight and enjoy this course which helps you understand what you actually see when you look up at the stars at night. 262 pages, hardcover. ½" Jess