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  • Item #: 039063
    ISBN: 9780978503765
    Retail: $15.95
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    It was a different way of life, being a pioneer in the west, and perhaps hard for some to really imagine. Well, imagine no longer. The 25+ roll-your-sleeves-up-and-get-stuck-in projects of all different kinds will bring you face to face (from the comfort of your own home, of course) with life as a pioneer. Build replica sod houses, log cabins and covered wagons; make your own 3-D maps, pemmican, and butter; cross-stitch, journal, garden, and more. History really opens up through the facts, anecdotes, biographies, trivia, and great activities in this book. Well-illustrated with pictures and maps, this 122 page softcover book is sure to please. Zach
  • Item #: 017509
    ISBN: 9781934670026
    Retail: $21.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
    This fascinating book takes an in-depth look at the country of China, through interesting information and tons of fun projects. A timeline in the front of the book shows all the dynasties of China, from 1600 BCE to 1644 CE, and the rest of the book is divided up into chapters covering Chinese civilization, cities and architecture, paper, writing and education, warriors and weapons, jade and silk, merchants and trade, explorers and sailing, healers and medicine, farming, food, time and space, music, Chang Heng's seismograph, and numbers. Each chapter is packed full of interesting information about Chinese culture, what we have gleaned from it, the development of different inventions and much more. Tons of project ideas are included, so students can further their understanding and practice making Chinese articles. Students will build a Feng Shui house, make paper, moveable type, ink, jade jewelry, a compass, Chinese egg noodles, tea, ice cream, an abacus and much more. The project ideas all have clearly marked lists of supplies and easy-to-follow directions. Black and white illustrations appear throughout the book, and a glossary and index are included in the back. Softcover, 122 pages. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 035980
    ISBN: 9780977129416
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    The interesting passages and hands-on projects in this book take children back in time to experience life during World War II. Thirteen chapters are organized under two main parts: on the home front and on the front lines. Each chapter holds a fascinating account on one challenging aspect of life during the war such as supporting the troops or food rationing for those at home or lifting morale, spying, and war technology of those living on the front lines. Tons of World War II trivia and vocabulary and black and white illustrations embellish the text, and one or two pertinent projects complete each chapter. When you're working hard with those at home you can construct your own model Anderson shelter and bake ration cakes, and when you join the soldiers on the front line you will learn to make your own secret message deck and signal light to send coded messages. 118 pages. Steph
  • Item #: 030935
    Retail: $14.99
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       This is so much fun, I could hardly put it down! Compose Yourself is a deck of 60 cards printed on a transparent plastic. On each card is a grouping of notes (A measure in 4/4 time) arranged in a seemingly random order. However, you can rotate them 180 degrees and get a new grouping of notes. Flip them over to the backside, and you get two more different measures. Even though there are 60 cards, it’s almost like getting 240 cards!

      Each card position has a code number in the top right corner. You can go on the publisher’s website, enter the codes in any order you like (Up to 16 codes, 4 rows of 4 measures), and hit play. Your composition will come to life as you hear a full symphony, marimba, or both play your song! I grabbed four cards at random, and used every position of the four cards. The resulting song was so pretty and soothing, and it was so easy! The website allows you to tweak your composition as you go by selecting each card individually and allowing you to digitally flip or rotate it with ease. You can even save the song to review later, download an MP3, or print sheet music! I recommend having a piece of paper nearby so you can write down the codes for your favorite sounds, but it’s likely you will love them all. What a fun gift for the young music lover or aspiring young composer! Includes 60 cards in a drawstring storage pouch. - Laura

  • Item #: 035981
    ISBN: 9780977129409
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
    Discover what it was like to live in America during the 16th and 17th century with this history project book. A timeline of key dates of colonial America and a brief overview of the thirteen colonies at the front puts the events and years into perspective, while the first chapter completes the foundation by providing a fascinating account of how colonial America came to exist and how life there began. The remaining seven chapters each focus on one aspect of life in colonial America, such as life in a colonial home, colonial clothes, work, communication, or the kids of the colonial days. Each of these chapters provides interesting passages on the respective part of life surrounded by features such as colonial words to know, spotlight on famous colonists, and hands-on projects that bring what you read to real life. Construct your own miniature wattle and daub house as you learn about colonial homes, sip your own homemade apple cider while reading about colonial farms and gardens, and make your own yarn, cloth, and dye just as the colonists did while dressed as a colonist with the help of other projects in the colonial clothes chapter. Fort-four projects in all provide plenty of original activities to recreate life in colonial America. Steph
  • Item #: 017451
    ISBN: 9780977129478
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.35

    Benjamin Franklin was an amazing man who made great offerings in the areas of science, writing, politics, and general existence. This book tells all about his life, including details about many of his great inventions. Franklin did so much in his life that it would be hard to get everything into one book, but this book does give a great overview of his life, his main accomplishments, and that time period in general. Starting with his childhood in Boston, the book works chronologically through his life, sharing information in an easy-to-read, interesting manner. Interspersed throughout the biographical text are 30 activities/experiments to complete that are related to facts in Franklin's life. You can make your own swim paddles after you read about how his childhood love of swimming led him to invent them at the age of ten; make your own potato battery after learning about his experiments with electricity and lightning rods; make your own mailbag after learning about the improvements he made in the postal service; make your own parchment paper after learning about his involvement with the Declaration of Independence; and so much more. Numbered, detailed directions make the projects easy to complete and the materials needed are household items and common craft supplies. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the book and bolded words within the text are defined in "Words to Know" sections. This is a great, hands-on supplement that blends history and science to teach about the life and contributions of one of America's greatest inventors and founders. 120 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 017042
    ISBN: 9780736922852
    Retail: $11.99
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  • Item #: 043810
    ISBN: 9780979226809
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50
  • Item #: 067816
    ISBN: 9780439140072
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.95

     These step-by-step drawing lessons with pictures provide a creative outlet for your young children. Lessons begin with simple three-step drawings and then move on to six- and eight-step drawings. The teacher pages include written instructions, theme links, book links, and extension activities. These pages give the teacher unique ideas to expand the art lesson into other subject areas. This beginner art book will build listening skills as well as fine motor skills and early drawing abilities. 25 reproducible lessons are included. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 007101
    Retail: $2.25
    Rainbow Price: $2.00

    Seatwork book for first grade. Designed to be used along with Learning Through Sounds; however, you may definitely use this book with any phonics program to reinforce letter-recognition skills. Simple instructions are included on each page.

  • Item #: 001900
    ISBN: 9781908317018
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    As our daughters grow into young women, our greatest desire for them is that they continue to develop and mature in their own personal walk with God. With the focus on living life as God intended right from the start, this book takes a serious look at a young lady's relationship with God. This book begins with the foundation that God chose each of us and has plans for our lives. It emphasizes building a relationship with God, then explores a girl's relationship with her church family, friends, parents, boys, non-Christians, and the world. Each chapter focuses on each topic from a Biblical perspective. Intermingled "True Stories" represent real life application of the reading, and each chapter concludes with a short Bible study further exploring the ideas. The Bible studies focus on one set of verses, with short answer and multiple choice questions, and prayer points.

    This engaging, practical book is a valuable resource for the young ladies in your family, or for a "girl's only" Bible study. (My only caveat is this book uses British terminology. This does not distract from the overall teaching, however.). The NIV (1984) Bible version is used for verses within the text; however, the Bible study section is flexible for use with your Bible of choice. 122 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 035003
    ISBN: 9781591748021
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    This precious kit has everything you need to create your own "fairy tale." You can make twelve flower fairies using the wooden beads, faux flower petals, glue, beads, florist wire, embroidery floss, and colored pencils provided in the kit. A wonderful and colorful 27-page instructional booklet is also included, which gives step-by-step instructions and fun creative ideas! This kit has limited supplies, so once you've mastered this craft and exhausted the supplies you may want to take a trip to your local craft store to purchase new supplies to create fairies such as cheerleaders, a newborn baby, brides, princesses or a even a fairy that looks like you! This is a delicate craft project, as the pieces are small and patience is required! In the end, the beautiful fairies you create will make wonderful playtime "friends" for your child or great gifts for them to share. - elise

  • Item #: 015899
    ISBN: 9780906212554
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.76

    Have you ever seen the postcards that have directions to cut out and paste together something like the Eiffel Tower or maybe an animal to assemble? This book is one that your student will cut up to make their own globe! Several pages are cardstock, which will make the globe itself plus a stand with a drawer. Glossy paper pages will become a mini-book with facts and experiments (and it stores in the little drawer you make!) Assembly directions are very clear. They recommend using petroleum based glue that sets quickly, but not instantly. Your finished globe will be about 6" high, showing countries in full color as well as hundreds of major cities, rivers, seas, and other geographical features. The mini-book will be about 4x6.5" A few other measuring pieces (used in the experiments) can be stored in the drawer too. 28pp ~Sara

  • Item #: 026709
    ISBN: 9780736911610
    Retail: $11.99
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  • Item #: 044579
    ISBN: 9780979226823
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    What do oobleck, invisible ink, and ice cream all have in common? Hmm… besides the fact that they have universal appeal with youngsters, they are also all examples of fun ways you can explore chemistry in the kitchen! This activity book features plenty of fun chemistry-based experiments that you can build… er, "mix" up in your kitchen to demonstrate chemistry concepts. Ten chapters cover atoms and molecules, mixtures, reactions, acids and bases, solids, liquids, gases, changing states of matter, polymers and water. Each chapter begins with some basic information about the topic, written in an informal, straightforward manner that even non-chemistry students can understand. The projects are found at the end of each short chapter. Most of them really CAN be done in your kitchen with basic household materials, except for the ever-popular "diet cola and mint explosion" experiment that you will probably want to perform outdoors. Although many of the experiments are tried-and-true "classics," such as making a baking-soda and vinegar volcano, pulling a soft-boiled egg into a jar opening smaller than the egg, and layering liquids of different densities, they are presented in an entertaining way mixed in with some high-interest stories about science in action. I definitely enjoyed the story of how scientists eventually tracked down the source of the neurotoxin that killed thousands of birds in 1961 and inspired Hitchcock's movie The Birds. Fascinating! 122 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 011507
    ISBN: 9781470632113
    Retail: $16.99
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  • Item #: 058973
    ISBN: 9781934732090
    Retail: $3.95
    Rainbow Price: $3.45
  • Item #: 038226
    ISBN: 9780736920360
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95
  • Item #: 040665
    ISBN: 9781576839577
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95
  • Item #: 012878
    ISBN: 9780739007105
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.95
  • Item #: 007340
    ISBN: 9780736915274
    Retail: $11.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95
  • Item #: 026194
    ISBN: 9780736943857
    Retail: $13.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.55

    Kathi Lipp wrote this book for people like her – people that want to get organized, and then move on! Instead of bringing in a canned organization system that may or may not work for you, she strives to help you build an organization plan around your life and habits. For a sense of immediate victory, she suggests jumping right into the area that causes you the most stress. Start the attack by evaluating everything you use the room for, then decide how you are going to define the areas for those activities. The second step is to use her three-box, two-bag system and sort: things that belong in other rooms; things that go back in this room after you clean and organize; and things to donate, toss in the garbage, and recycle. Third, take a little time to do some light cleaning while you’ve got the space all cleared out. In steps 4 and 5 she offers tips for storage/organization in that space and keeping it clean. She wraps up with further tips on saving space, time, energy, and money in that area and a small bonus project or two. After moving through every room (including the garage and basement!), Kathi moves on to projects for your family, employing the same five-step system to help control your laundry, schedule, meal planning, grocery shopping, kids’ chores, paperwork, and travel. Then she shifts the same strategy to projects that center on your personal life: your schedule, getting out the door in the morning, to-do list, car, handbag, computer, and wardrobe. Even if you’re not the next Martha Stewart (the author might say especially if you’re not the next Martha Stewart!), this system can bring some much-needed order to your life! – Steph

  • Item #: 012879
    ISBN: 9780739009604
    Retail: $24.95
    Rainbow Price: $19.95
  • Item #: 022284
    ISBN: 9781607102168
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    Gaining a thorough understanding of the world in which we live will help us better understand a myriad of issues we face as humanity. Understanding geography is so much more than memorizing the physical make-up and political lines. It also encompasses the people groups who make earth their home, the resources available, world economy, impact of wars, and much more.

    This one-of-a-kind resource teaches students to look beyond the physical world in which they live and ask those "W" questions - who, what, when, where, and why. Each of the 52 lessons is presented in a two-page spread. The book is divided into nine different aspects (themes) of geography: Getting to Know the World, Getting to Know the U.S., Natural Processes, People, Resources and Environments, Trade Groups and Organizations, Emerging Superpowers, Areas of Conflicts, and Technology. Background information, ten important details worth remembering, and a map to illustrate is included (there are 52 map plates total). Also included are eight Faber-Castell colored pencils, an eraser and a sharpener as well as a sampling of maps in full color and a quiz with answers. Ultimately, Jimmy Buffet said it best when he said, "Without geography, you're nowhere," and the goal of this program is to equip the next generation to move forward in their understanding of the role of mankind on his world. HC. 128 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 011508
    ISBN: 9781470632120
    Retail: $19.99
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  • Item #: 021310
    ISBN: 9780736925952
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.95
  • Item #: 063677
    Retail: $9.99
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  • Item #: 006939
    ISBN: 9781457186899
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

      Science is best learned hands on and this well-organized resource provides everything you need to create a home (or school) laboratory from the building of a complete science lab (including the workbench!) to 1600+ activities in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics. Lab activities are designed to be easy to implement at home and use mostly items that are easy to find locally. The author provides a resource list for purchasing items locally and online. Also included are an extensive chemical list (including common substitutes) and helpful appendices with weight and measure charts, temperature conversion table, periodic table, and extended notes. 305 pgs. pb.

      Beginning with general science lab set up and safety practices, the book then divides into separate science fields. The Chemistry is a natural extension of the general lab safety. Projects vary and include generating oxygen, growing a crystal coal garden and crystal candy and more.

      The Physics section, divided into six chapters, covers astronomy and light, atomic energy, electricity and magnetism, force, measurement and motion, geology and meteorology. Diverse projects include making a star chart, model planetarium, making (or recharging) a magnet, making a mercury switch, creating doorbell, mineral identification, making a volcano and much more.

      Biology labs conclude the sections and introduces general biology equipment including making a basic, low power microscope. Basic microscopic activities follow before the chapter concludes with zoology projects.

      Concluding projects are questions, called “Can you work like a scientist?” which challenge further investigation of the topic. Beyond these are abundant research ideas which are open-ended questions for investigation and span all three science fields. Worth mentioning, the research projects cover three grade and skill levels: Primary, Intermediate and Upper levels. While most activities are intermediate and upper levels, there are foundational activities for younger children as well. An example of a primary activity is “What effect has temperature on the rate at which snow melts?”

      Simple black and white graphics, clearly explained purpose, materials and instructions are included. Wonderful resource for families and co-ops or classrooms who want to kindle student curiosity in STEM. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 068703
    ISBN: 9781536914443
    Retail: $36.50
    Rainbow Price: $29.95

      Targeting a slightly older crowd, this flexible curriculum resource may inspire delight-directed learning in your family. In this (mostly) self-study, children begin by choosing topics they wish to study and take steps to achieve their goals. Tips for wisely choosing resources while using these recommended resources: computer access and personal Minecraft world, audio books, Story of the World for the Classical Child, Classical music, Google Earth and parent-approved news sources, educational videos and movies, and a math curriculum (Life of Fred or Math U See suggested). Listed are also a few necessary supplies: pencils, colored pencils, gel pens, origami paper, and a ruler.

      The heart of this course is the gentle, guiding learning in an array of subject areas including reading, creative writing, spelling and vocabulary, classical literature and music, mathematics (open ended to use with your math curriculum), science, geography, current events and much more. Comparing this to the author’s Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft, you will note overlapping activities but a different focus. The aforementioned course includes an animal and farm theme designed to engage younger learners, whereas the DIY Curriculum is written for a slightly older crowd and focuses on Geography and “world news today” events. Woven throughout the course are research projects to learn about mining in the real world, which provides a fascinating “rabbit trail” to a Minecraft study.

      If you are wondering which of the Thinking Tree Minecraft studies would best fit your child, younger children who thrive when working more directly with a parent, may find the Fun-Schooling Curriculum: Homeschooling with Minecraft (#068704) a better option. While the reading level recommended for this course is grade 2 and up, many of the research activities and world studies seem better fit for an older child. Other activities like the backyard science nature walk and study may work with all ages. Another consideration in selecting these activities is the student’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. While the author does not define computer time in this course, her general guidelines for daily study are 5 pages per day for 10 years and under and 10 pages per day for 10 years and up (2-4 hours per day). Repetition is also built into this curriculum guide allowing students to study various aspects of Minecraft in a similar fashion.