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  • Item #: 008183
    ISBN: 9780802473134
    Retail: $15.99
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    Many people are familiar with Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages, written to husbands/wives, and its sequel, The Five Love Languages of Children. Whether or not you've read these (and it's highly recommended that you do!), if you have teenagers, this would be an extremely worthwhile read. Gary Chapman, in his first book, identified five primary love languages - words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, acts of service, and gifts. These love languages are the same for all ages, but there are different ways to "speak" them at different points. If you've found your child's primary love language, it will remain the same (assuming you evaluated it correctly) when they become a teenager, but they likely won't respond to the same things and you will need to learn how to continue to speak this language effectively. Teenagers are notorious for being moody, temperamental, and even rebellious, sometimes without any apparent explanation to their parents. As is the premise for his other books, Gary Chapman explains that one of the main reasons for this is teens often do not feel loved - despite parents who may be very loving - because that love is not being communicated effectively in a way which speaks to the teenager. Finding your teenagers primary (and secondary) love language enables parents to be sensitive to their changing needs and ensure they feel loved and accepted. This book discusses contemporary teens and the importance of parental love before moving on to individual chapters covering each love language. After this is a chapter designed to help you identify your teen's love language. Subsequent chapters deal with unresolved problems of anger, independence, responsibility (and discipline), loving in spite of failure, and help for single parents or blended families. If you have (or will soon have!) teenagers in your house, this book will go a long way in fostering understanding and love in your relationship(s). 259 pgs. - Melissa

  • 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 #: 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 #: 037031
    ISBN: 9781402743290
    Retail: $9.95
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    This is one of the best and most complete microscope books I've ever seen. It is 143 pages of helpful information for any student who is just beginning to work with microscopes. The recommendation by the author is that students read the opening chapters of this book to be able to name the parts of a microscope, focusing, and sample preparation. Chapter one gives the safety guidelines for working with microscopes and the equipment list needed for doing the activities in this book. Chapter two explains light sources, lenses, identifying your microscope, parts of a microscope, and trouble shooting. Chapter three tells about the different types of slides and how to prepare them – wet mounts, smear slide, well slide, squash slides, staining a specimen, acetate peel, and permanent mounts. These are the chapters which lay the foundation for the rest of the book.

    Chapters 4-10 offer experiments to practice the skills taught in the first 3 chapters. Students can make their own microtome (instrument used to make thin samples for slides), view finger prints, fibers, crystals, sweat, hair, bug parts, pond water, food, and plant specimens which they will mount themselves. The book includes photomicrographs, pictures through a microscope, so students can compare their slides. Many of the things used in these experiments are from your own home, but additional equipment needed includes: microscope, blank slides, cover slips, tweezers, eye dropper, lens paper, clear plastic ruler, razor knife, nail polish, and scissors. This book would make a very good one semester course for an introduction to microscopes, or you can add it to your curriculum. Either way, microscopes are expensive pieces of equipment and students need to know how to use them correctly. The guidance and information you need are in this book. - Donna

  • Item #: 028792
    ISBN: 9780385341981
    Retail: $22.00
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    The preschool edition is divided into the sections of poems, songs, stories, history, science, and art. 'Poems' includes 48 of your favorite childhood poems and rhymes with oldies like Pat-a-Cake, One Potato Two Potato, and 5 Little Monkeys. Thirty children's songs are just fun to teach to your children like Wheels on the Bus, and Pop Goes the Weasel. The 'Stories' section includes the whole stories of Goldilocks, Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen, 3 Little Pigs, How Turtles Got Their Shells, Why Flies Buzz, The Lion and the Mouse, and City Mouse & Country Mouse. In the margins of the stories new words are listed along with questions to ask your child about story content and discussion of the colorful illustrations. The 'History' and 'Science' sections are non-fiction and fiction read-alouds with discussion questions and new words printed in the margins. 'History' stories include First Americans, George Washington, Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Science' covers the topics of animals, habitats, humans, plants, water, light, and air. There are no activities included in the science since the goal is simply to read to children and expose them to the topic. Be aware that this book presents humans as special animals, not their own species. 'Art' includes 12 copies of famous pieces of art along with information about the artist and the art. Some suggestions for art activities along with discussion questions are included.

    The last section of this book covers what parents need to know about their preschooler, and the importance of the preschool years. There are suggestions for how to choose a preschool and preparation for kindergarten. Checklists are included for the areas of math, literacy, language, social & emotional development, work habits, health, and general knowledge. Tips are included on reading aloud and enjoying music with your child along with a resource list of books and music for preschoolers. This book provides plenty of information and resources to start your little ones on a smooth road toward elementary learning. - Donna

  • Item #: 069644
    ISBN: 9781601428295
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     Are parents making the teenage years too comfortable these days? Twins Alex and Brett Harris are tasking teens with the challenge to do hard things. It strengthens your character and gives you something to be proud of. This book is full of anecdotes and stories all with one message – to push yourself to do more for the glory of God. The authors weave biblical references with modern examples and the result is a very readable, impactful story. pb, 295pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 041114
    ISBN: 9781414304458
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    Sometimes we take it for granted. Sometimes we don't know how to go about it. But as Christian parents, our most important task is to make sure that our children have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. The husband/wife team of Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth, parents of two daughters, author this book to help you in this essential task. You don't have to be a Bible scholar to use it. The small format book has seven chapters of 10 to 15 pages each. Chapters cover why we need a savior, who God is, what sin is, the resurrection of Jesus, salvation, trust and obeying Jesus, and growing spiritually after we make our commitment. Most of the book is a guide for the parent, but each chapter includes a short story to be read to a child. The included CD contains seven songs that correspond to the seven chapters in the book; children accompanied by an orchestra sing classic hymns on this high-quality recording. Appendices include the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and lyrics to the hymns on the CD.

    So when should you start? That depends on the child and his readiness, but it doesn't get much easier than this to pass along God's truth to your children. hc, 107 pgs.

  • Item #: 001538
    ISBN: 9780877796701
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    With its pages of thoughtful exercises teaching students everything they need to know about using a dictionary and thesaurus, we think this book is one of the best for this topic. First of all, it offers a brief introduction to the dictionary and Noah Webster. Then, interesting worksheets cover over fifteen different dictionary skills, progressing easily from alphabetizing, guide words, and pronunciation to variants, homographs, usage labels, definitions, synonyms, and even word history paragraphs. Each of the twenty-one lessons covers two pages and includes explanations, examples, and exercises. Additional writing exercises are described on some of the pages and can be completed as desired. These offer relevant, creative writing ideas. After the dictionary lessons, there are five lessons devoted to the thesaurus, which follow a similar format. The back of the book holds fifteen vocabulary builder word workout pages, filled with fun vocabulary exercises for kids. The worksheets are reproducible and perforated for easy removal. Answers included, 84 pgs.

  • Item #: 000905
    ISBN: 9780974218199
    Retail: $24.95
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    This course would have been exactly what I was looking for several years ago when my own homeschoolers reached their teen years.  Instead of a comprehensive life skills preparation such as author Barbara Frank designed for her own children and now makes available to all homeschoolers, we had a hit and miss approach - a personal finance class here, some marriage and family reading there, with learning how to balance a checkbook thrown in for good measure.

      Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a curriculum that teaches the skills and values that teenagers need in the adult world.  Using a well-defined project approach, students research a place to live, figure out health insurance, come to understand credit and receive an introduction to basics like buying a car and setting up a budget. An attitude of prudence is encouraged with a stated goal of minimizing debt. The author also reviews concepts like getting along with family, friends, coworkers, and clients, finding a spouse, and living one's values - in other words applying the principles you've been teaching them since they were small. Now in its 3rd edition, this program features updates such as: new sections on borrowing money and bank accounts (each with three new projects), updates to the Financial Freedom Project and the Health Insurance Project (to reflect changes such as the Affordable Care Act), and a new section called "Work or College" to help you evaluate whether your teenager should pursue college and how to research potential careers.

      The book begins with the new "Work or College?" section to help you and your child evaluate the possibilities of each. Depending on which direction you are leaning, two different paths through the book's material are provided. Next is an excellent, annotated reading list, divided by topic. The Projects section follows. Starting with background information, each project continues with research and reading assignments.  These assignments are broken down into bite-sized pieces and often include the completion of various charts. Although the book is reproducible only for additional students in your family, they would be easy to replicate on any basic computer spreadsheet. Most projects include suggestions for further study and ways that parents can personalize the project by sharing from their own experience.

      Although a family could use one book for several children if each prepared his own notebook, the manual is so full of valuable information and checklists that around our house we would be much more comfortable with each student having his own copy. I think my "homeschooled" college students would profit from going through this course during summer break.  Revised and expanded; 160 pgs. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 045726
    ISBN: 9781935197003
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    Hear it is! Weight know longer! This is won grate book that shouldn't bee mist! Seriously, this is a very helpful resource. The cover says it has "more homophones than you can shake a stick at." I don't know how many that is, but 101 sound-alike pairs and triples are covered in this book via grade-leveled worksheets and other activities. Worksheets have target homophones in large lettering on the top and ten fill-in-the-blank exercises The worksheets are intended as reinforcement; you should introduce the homophones and their correct usage before having students work them. There are also additional activities or fun facts at the bottom of each page plus an entire page of additional suggestions for using the sheets. A section of graphic organizer sheets can be used to illustrate (or paste pictures of) homophones and define them. This could even be part of your instruction process prior to having students work through the exercises. A section of homophone crossword puzzles is included following the worksheets. A table tells you when you can use each puzzle (the first can be completed after using the 2nd grade sheets). Six different homophone card games are provided, complete with cards to photocopy onto cardstock and/or laminate. A final section of More Homophone Tools contains a listing of books about or using homophones; My List of Homophones student sheets (for students to compile their own lists); tongue twisters; riddles; puns; answer keys for the worksheets and puzzles; and, finally, a mega-list of homophones (maybe more than you can shake a stick at). I think it's safe to say that this is the only homophone reference/resource book you'll ever knead!

  • Item #: 026902
    ISBN: 9780692685822
    Retail: $13.50
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    Some people just believe because it seems right or they were raised that way, but others need scientific explanation and logic to give them a "Reason to Believe."

    Life is a puzzle, and everyone's puzzle looks a little different, but there are some common factors the corner pieces are truth, science, man, and God. This book gives some good Biblical explanation for the corner areas of your life puzzle. You first must agree that the Bible is the ultimate authority, without that the explanations won't mean anything. After establishing the Bible as the reliable source of truth, it can then be used as an authority in all other areas. In each of the four areas (corner pieces) the author offers "Your turn to dig deeper" sections. These are questions to consider and the Scripture references that go along with them in "Answers from the Bible." Scriptures are printed right in the book (NKJV, unless noted), so no excuse for not reading the passages. This 104-page book gives you the reasons you might be looking for, with clear, logical explanations that point you to God as the authority of truth. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 048880
    ISBN: 9781579126995
    Retail: $19.99
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    This hardcover book with audio CD is a beautifully designed and illustrated introduction to the story-filled world of ballet. The first chapter introduces you to some basic terminology, ballet positions, and history, and invites you to listen to a couple of CD music tracks. Then, each chapter that follows tells the story of a particular ballet, complete with gorgeous, watercolor-like illustrations. Throughout these chapters you'll be able to listen to some of the music and/or learn a little bit more about terminology and technique. Occasionally a chapter will also feature a famous dancer, like Rudolph Nureyev. A glossary is included in the back, and there's also a resource section for learning more about becoming a ballerina, great ballets, famous dancers, and fiction stories about dancing. The final page provides you with a CD track list for your reference. 96 pgs ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 042757
    ISBN: 9780976929895
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    This guide for college-bound Christians provides all kinds of tips on how to prepare for college and what to do when you get there. From a Christian point of view, it provides biblical guidelines on how to choose a career, things to consider when selecting a college, financial aid opportunities, preparing to learn and being a good student, communicating in the classroom, succeeding academically, writing research papers, maintaining your Christian worldview in college, thinking critically about your faith, supporting your beliefs in the college setting, and more. General information on both Christian and secular colleges is covered, with info on what to expect and how to prepare. The straightforward information and warnings about pitfalls to avoid will help students discern which direction God wants them to go in life and prepare them for what they will face while applying to and attending college. With real-life examples and stories, inspirational quotes, and thorough yet concise information, this book is a pleasure to read and will help students at a crossroads in their lives decide what they should do and then equip themselves to do it. It gives a general explanation on how to choose a college and career and what to expect during the application process and your first year or so. 122 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
  • Item #: 041070
    ISBN: 9781607745778
    Retail: $15.99
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    Based on the popular adult edition, this version is geared more towards high school (and college) students who need help figuring out what they want to do with their lives. It's from the same author as the original (Richard Bolles), with additional author Carol Christen (a career strategist who works with teenagers) and help from Jean Blomquist (college admissions counselor). The book teaches students to zero in on their favorite skills and apply that knowledge to get the most out of school, set goals, and find their dream jobs. The book is divided into three sections: Discovering your Dream Job (with chapters on student interests and skills, favorite types of people, ideal work environment, and identifying potential dream jobs), On the Way to Your Future (chapters on making the most of high school, making the most of college, setting goals, and using social media to boost your career), and Landing Your Dream Job (chapters on how to search for your dream job, top 10 job-hunter mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to create the life you want). The tips and info included is very homeschool friendly, and the book is great for helping students identify their strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, skills, and interests. The book doesn't push for college, and in fact makes valid points for pursuing other types of training or shorter-term degrees. Activities like creating a career portfolio, shadowing someone in a possible career, internships, and volunteering are all covered. Several worksheet pages are included to help students along. If nothing else, the info and tips will get students thinking about where their life is headed. There's great info on what employers are looking for and how to make sure you love your job, as well as interesting interviews with employees in all types of careers with details on how they got to where they are and what they might have done differently. Help your child or student find a job they love with this helpful book. With information and tips specifically for students, this book may become even more popular than the original. 178 pgs, pb. Rachel

  • Item #: 009869
    ISBN: 9780618118687
    Retail: $66.13
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    This Nextext curriculum offers a basic, concise, authoritative and accessible introduction to the sociological process. Students examine the history of sociology and its three major theories: functionalism, interactionism and conflict theory. In addition, students will learn about groups and individuals, social inequality, and change in society—in that order.

    The 16 chapters in the Student Course book include (in addition to the chapter reading) several features which enhance learning: a Sociologist’s Perspective demonstrating concepts; differences Across Cultures; facts and statistics; key research and a focus on US culture. Chapter summaries and vocabulary lists further aid retention.

    For each chapter, the Teacher Resource Manual provides objectives, vocabulary, background, further resources, discussion questions (which encourage review and critical thinking) and activities. In addition, you’ll find reproducible Study Guides, Vocabulary Quizzes and Tests with multiple choice and essay questions (and all answers). The TM mentions supplemental material available on the Nextext web site. However, at the writing of this review, this site was no longer available. The course can be taught well without these supplements, but both course book and teacher manual are needed. Would be considered 1 credit at the middle school level and 1 credit at the high school level (although only introductory if your student is pursuing further education in the social sciences). Student-7.5” x 9.25”, 352 pp, hc. Teacher-8.375” x 10.75”, 102pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 041880
    ISBN: 9780972089036
    Retail: $12.00
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    This may be my new favorite worldview book. Author J.F. Baldwin compares worldviews to the characters of Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Frankenstein's monster represents all other worldviews which believe man is innately good. Jekyll and Hyde represent the Christian worldview which believes man is born in sin. Christians, members of the "Hyde" crowd, must know what they believe and what sets Christianity apart from other worldviews. The author gives a brief overview of different worldviews in understandable language, so that even the beginner can understand this complex topic. Interesting real-life stories are used to drive home the different lessons. He discusses blind faith, good works and selfishness in relation to all the worldviews. Does your worldview require you to be selfish and look out for number one, or does it call you to show mercy and live a selfless, sacrificial life? This book will cause you to ask questions about things you see and hear in the world around you; moreover it will help you understand why you believe certain things. Are you most like Frankenstein or Hyde? 271 pgs, pb – Donna

  • Item #: 035780
    ISBN: 9780817014575
    Retail: $11.00
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    "View God's Word through Dr. Seuss, his creatures and his friends. Once you do, his stories you'll see, never the same again." As I read Green Eggs and Ham to my children, I'm not sure I saw the Biblical lesson which could be applied. This book by James Kemp helps you see Dr. Seuss's writings in a different light. He includes How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hatches the Egg, Yertle the Turtle, What Was I Scared of?, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The Zax, Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, The Sneetches, The Butter Battle Book, and On Beyond Zebra, then discusses the Biblical applications for each. In Green Eggs and Ham we learn the importance of being persistent about God's work. Once others hear the Good News, they'll realize how good it really is. Yertle the Turtle and the Beatitudes teach us about building a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. If we don't, our house will crumble as with the man who built his house on the sand. Kemp starts each chapter with a Biblical passage and summarizes and/or prints excerpts from the Dr. Seuss book he is referencing. He then presents the lesson we are to learn and apply in our modern society. This 90 page, softcover book can be used with your family or small group. Although the author pegs it for older students, it could be used effectively with younger children. If possible, get a copy of the actual Dr. Seuss book to read before doing the Gospel lesson. What an interesting twist on an old favorite! ~ Donna
  • Item #: 057627
    ISBN: 9781589976788
    Retail: $13.99
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    I don't think kids are the only ones who ask tough questions about Christianity, and this book would be helpful for anyone who is trying to answer the questions. Have you ever had that moment when you're asked a question, and in your head you know the answer, but don't know exactly how to put it into words? This book by Alex McFarland from Focus on the Family offers answers that might help you find the words. Five chapters focus on questions about God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Trinity and Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the Church. This 280-page resource can be a tremendous help when you're trying to explain tough concepts to children and friends. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 043985
    ISBN: 9781414312972
    Retail: $16.99
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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 #: 045220
    ISBN: 9780671763428
    Retail: $16.00
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    How to Dissect is a one-stop book for all of your dissecting guidelines. This book offers step-by-step illustrations and instructions for dissecting an earthworm, crayfish, grasshopper, clam, squid, starfish, shark, perch, frog, and fetal pig as well as a gladiolus to introduce botanical dissection. Dissections range from beginning to advanced and discuss the digestive, circulatory, reproductive, excretory, nervous, and respiratory systems. The book begins with an explanation and importance of dissection, points for successful dissection, and a list of tools commonly used in the process. A conversion table from English to metric measure is included for easy reference, since science tends to use metric as the universal system. Each dissection lesson includes background information about that animal, materials needed for the dissection, and black & white illustrations along with instructions for each step of the dissection. It also explains compass points of anatomy (anterior, posterior, etc.) which are found in all creatures and are used to help observe life. This 200+ page, paperback guide would be a terrific resource to accompany any biology curriculum.

  • Item #: 009848
    ISBN: 9781932012989
    Retail: $20.00
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    Any book that claims to be the “ultimate” had better deliver, and this one does! Not just an update of an out of print classic, this is THE book to read if you’re planning to homeschool or considering homeschooling. Answering the real questions (i.e. What if I don’t want to homeschool?) as well as the expected (i.e. How do I get it all done?) – and with a candid honesty you will appreciate – it also addresses concerns of seasoned homeschoolers (i.e. preventing burnout). Several themes run throughout the book – organization and planning are good things, creating and maintaining a love-of-learning environment is important, raising independent learners and responsible kids is desirable, and staying connected with other homeschoolers is necessary. The new to homeschooling couple will find a realistic discussion of all the questions rumbling around in your brains/hearts – Can we do this? What will it cost us? How do we choose curriculum? What type of learner is our child? Will this be the best decision for us? A family worksheet is included to help you sort through all the issues and make a wise decision about homeschooling. There is also a lot of help for making curriculum decisions. Subjects are each covered by examining where you want to go and how to get there. Strategies for each grade level along with guidelines and recommended resources are included. In fact, lots and lots of resources are provided – for books, curriculum, publishers and suppliers, programs, organizations, and technology. Though all grades are covered thoroughly, the discussion on homeschooling high schoolers is excellent and extremely comprehensive including discussions that I’ve not seen elsewhere (i.e. What about organized sports?). Any homeschooler – just getting started or seasoned – will appreciate the thoughtful discussions, multitudinous resources, and reality-based encouragement found in these pages. Janice

  • Item #: 037493
    ISBN: 9781579122829
    Retail: $19.99
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    This book by Michael Driscoll introduces young students to poetry and famous poets in a way they will find interesting and fun. The first part of the book describes the various types of poetry like nursery rhymes, villanelle, limerick, narrative verse, ballad, sonnet, free verse, and more. Each type of poem is described quickly and clearly, and then the book contains famous examples of that type of poem. Kids can either read the poems themselves, or play the accompanying CD when prompted. The audio CD includes all the poems in the book read alternately by a man and a woman with pleasant voices. Colorful boxes tell readers when to play a track on the CD, as well as sharing extra information about the poems or their authors. "Words for the Wise" boxes are included on each page, defining words in the poems that children may not be familiar with. "If You're a Poet, You Should Know It" boxes are also included throughout the book, with vocabulary words related to poetry defined (like stanza, alliteration, etc.). After all the types of poetry are introduced, explained, and exampled, the second half of the book is dedicated to famous poets. A quick biography of each poet is included and then excerpts from that person's poetry are shared. These excerpts (sometimes full poems) are also included on the CD. Text boxes on the pages give a summary of the poems and explain confusing parts. Fun, colorful, little drawings accompany these poems (as well as those earlier in the book) and add to the charm of the book. Homer, Shakespeare, Blake, Dickinson, Kipling, Sandburg, Heaney, Angelou, and many more are included in this section of the book. Overall, 64 famous poems are included in the book (and on the CD). With the easy-to-understand explanations and numerous examples, young students will be grasping and enjoying poetry in no time. Book includes a listing of all 64 tracks on the CD and measures 10.25" x 10.25". 96 pages, hc. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 043976
    ISBN: 9780936163383
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    Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in L'Abri in Switzerland which was founded by her parents, Frank and Edith Schaeffer. The Schaeffers wanted to provide a place where people could come to get away from the outside world and think about, read, and discuss the big issue of life - the purpose of their life in this world. The ultimate goal was to lead people to God, or to strengthen their relationship with God. Susan and her husband Ranald were carrying on the work of her parents in England when this book was written in 1982. The book is a basic overview of worldviews. In its 12 short chapters, we meet various people with divergent viewpoints about God: the God of the Bible; the God who would never send anyone to hell; there is no god; there are many gods; the physical world is just an illusion; and whatever you believe is OK as long as you believe it sincerely. We also see why believing in the God of the Bible is the only view that makes sense. I used this book for devotions with our four oldest kids for about three weeks. They now understand that knowing what a person believes will enable each of us to be a more effective witness to that person. Now, to put it into practice...

  • Item #: 045002
    ISBN: 9780982537749
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $17.95
    While I already knew that Ellen McHenry has a talent for making complicated topics fun and understandable for middle schoolers, I was impressed all over again when I saw this study on the brain. I mean, it seems manageable to teach chemistry to kids, but neurology? Things can get complicated when you start following nerve pathways across and through the brain! However, I was relieved to see that you don't need to be a brain surgeon to teach this course. The book has two parts – a student booklet and a teacher's section, both of which include reproducibles that you can copy for your own family or one classroom. The student booklet is at the core of the course, and includes all of the text and text-based activities. There are ten topical chapters in the booklet, plus "half-chapters" that end in .5 and cover "extras" that you could choose to cover or skip, depending on your interest and time available. The chapters cover the history of brain research, basic brain anatomy, the right and left sides of the brain, the parts of the brain and their functions, brain cells, neurons, learning and memory, the brain's connection to the body, sleep and brain doctors. Each chapter includes several pages of friendly, straight-forward text on the topic, augmented by black-and-white graphics and the little fingerprint guys you might recognize from the author's chemistry programs. Several review activities are provided at the end of each chapter. These are quite wide-ranging in format, so much so that I'm just going to have to give you specific examples! For instance, in the first chapter on brain research, the first activity asks students to research different brain scans on the internet and answer question about each, then read to find out more about Phineas Gage (the strangest story in brain research!), and finally, students complete a color-by-number "PET Scan." In the chapter about brain parts and functions you'll find a crossword puzzle to complete, a diagram to color the parts of the brain, and "The Brain Song" to listen to, which is available as a download on the author's website. Other fun activities include making a 9-square puzzle of connected neurons and using the right and left sides of your brain to complete specific challenges. An answer key is provided at the end of the student portion, and contains all of the answers to activities with specific answers. The teacher's section is primarily made up of more involved, hands-on activities. These are organized by corresponding chapter and include fun ideas like making a brain "hemisphere hat" using the reproducible patterns that show the different areas of the brain, doing an MRI on an orange, making a human neuronal network, building an edible neuron, and much, much more. I was very impressed with the hands-on activities overall; they are very creative! This would be a very fun curriculum to use with a co-op, or with several of your children at one time. I would recommend finding some good text resources on the brain, as the visuals are a bit limited here, and there may be topics you'll want to read more about, but I think the content and the activities here will definitely capture children's interest! Packaged in a 3-hole, looseleaf format (no longer includes CD; all digital files are available on the author's website). – Jess

  • Item #: 060328
    ISBN: 9781926973852
    Retail: $14.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    In college, I joined a television club as well as a movie-making club. Between the two, I fell head-over-heels in love with video production as well as making those skills accessible to students who wanted to try filmmaking. When I picked up this book, I felt that same excitement again! Learn to Speak Film is an incredibly detailed yet accessible introduction to movie making and the film industry. The wealth of information is laid out in a very clear format and progresses in logical order. Readers will learn how to write and format a script and work through pre-production (planning, writing a shot list, picking a cast, finding locations, etc.). Next, shoot the film – learn about techniques for camera, sound, lighting, wardrobe, and craft services (film speak for feeding the cast and crew). Last comes post-production, which includes editing, sound, and music. This book also contains promotional tips for getting your films into screenings and film festivals, because your movie was made to be shared! I am very impressed at how this book presents an accurate approach to the film industry, but still makes it very accessible for newbies. If you or your child has a story to tell, this book is a great way to get started. 96 pgs, sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 062757
    Retail: $26.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95
    Quick! What do a pen and a squid have in common? Hopefully, this wasn't an association you had to ink much about! Each player starts the game with an equal deck of cards beside them and five picture/word cards face up in front of them. Two cards are placed face up in the middle of the playing surface. Race to be the first player to come up with a connection between one of your five cards and a center card! If you succeed, place your card over one in the center and say why the two objects are linked. You card becomes a new card that players try to form an association with. Then fill the empty space in front of you with a card from your deck. The first player to correlate all of their cards wins! For 2 or more players. Game time: approx. 30 minutes.
  • Item #: 036078
    ISBN: 9781584110439
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    In this guide you will learn how to take the lead in choosing your friends, how to be a good friend to others, and why all this is so important. Most importantly you will learn about someone who will be your A.B.F.F (Absolute Best Friend Forever)!

  • Item #: 030194
    ISBN: 9780545329590
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.25
    The ability to follow directions is a necessary life skill, and this book capitalizes on children's interests to build that skill through exercises involving multi-step directions questions to answer about themselves using minimal writing. Each activity page has four directions, the first of which is always "Write your name on the line above". Other directions may ask the student to circle, underline, or draw. Topics include the child's interests, friends and family, holiday celebrations, etc. The forty pages in this book can be used as stand-alone activities or combined to create an easy autobiography. Black and white illustrations are easily photocopied for use in a group. Follow-up activity suggestions are also provided in the introduction. The activities in this book align with some Common Core standards for kindergarten and first grade. – Rachel
  • Item #: 012239
    ISBN: 9780758614148
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.89

    This book is written especially for parents who want to communicate Christian values as they discuss sex with their children. It gives basic tips for talking to your children, and explains how both parents must be involved in raising the children and be good examples for children. It describes the different ways to approach your child at different stages of their development. The book is divided by age groups with suggestions that are appropriate for each group. This book would be helpful reading before your child begins the series, or read each section as your child gets to that age group. It could also be used as a guide for parents who choose not to use the complete series.

  • Item #: 053928
    ISBN: 9780310326052
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    Children today are desperately in need of real-life guidance and frequently look to adults or society for a moral compass. As parents, we recognize the teaching they are seeking will not be found in our society- media, classroom or even our culture. The best teacher for our children is us- their parents! Often, as parents, we may feel overwhelmed at the task before us, or possibly even confused as to where to focus our instruction.

    As an author, children's ministry leader, and Dad, David Staal focuses on six pairs of critical truths and three foundational life lessons that every child needs to learn. Recognizing the truths he presents are best "caught and not taught", he provides real-world examples of those traits in action giving readers the tools designed to effectively communicate truth. The six truths he has identified as fundamental are: Believe that You Matter/Live Like Others Matter More; Appreciate those Who Serve You/Make Serving Others a Priority; Forget Unimportant Stuff/Remember Life has Consequences; Be a People Person/Be Your Own Person; Find Your Unique Fit/Find Out You Can Fail; and Always Speak Up/Always Speak the Truth . Each truth is presented clearly with real life examples which help parents recognize opportunities for teaching the truth within a casual context. Faith, Hope and Love form the foundation of character training and the final chapter is devoted to ensuring our children build their lives upon these three remaining things. Each chapter contains questions for reflection or discussion if parents would like to work through together or with a church group. This book is a valuable resource for parents, youth leaders, children's ministry workers and mentors who care about teaching children how to live in a way that honors God, fulfilling their God-given identities. 154 pgs, pb. ~Deanne