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  • Item #: 001423
    ISBN: 9780756682699
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.00

    This is a reference book with a twist--from page to page, topics are connected. First you see a satellite image of the earth; on that earth there is small boxed area. On the next page you see that the boxed area was the ocean and the two-page spread has information about elements of the ocean. Or you may see a two-page spread of hot air balloons with the flags of different countries on them. Turn the page to see information about the UN, and the hot air balloons are seen floating outside the window. Turn the page again to see the close-up of a background picture concerning religions in other countries. It's like looking for hidden things in the pictures as a clue for what will follow. I continue to go back to the pages to find the links between them. This 250-page hardcover book covers topics from science and history/geography – nature, human body, earth, people and places, art and culture, history, science and technology, and space. A glossary in the back of the book will help with new or unfamiliar words. Each two-page spread is a large photo surrounded by small photos, illustrations, and bits of information. This book offers more than just reference material as you zoom in and out of the scenes – your children will be encouraged to read and learn with this interactive format. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 066497
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $34.75

     

      This is a good starter scope for your younger learners. Use it as a microscope or with your smart phone for greater magnification and easier viewing. This plastic scope is equipped with a zoom eyepiece, focus knob, stage with metal stage clips, 3 objectives (4X, 10X, 40X), LED illumination, and on/off switch. Also included in this set is the microscope, smart phone adaptor, 1 plastic prepared slide and 2 blank plastic slides and covers, 3 specimen vials, plastic graduated cylinder, pipette, tweezers, plastic magnifying glass, round tissue cutter, hatchery for brine shrimp eggs, yeast, brine shrimp eggs, and 2 AA batteries. The instruction booklet lists the parts of the microscope and how to use it and instructions for 6 experiments. You can view slides through the comfortable eyepiece or switch to the smart phone adaptor pad. This oval pad is covered with suction cups to hold your smart phone firmly in place over the eyepiece to view objects on your smart phone screen. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 037757
    ISBN: 9781594640933
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.50

    If you've ever dreamed of taking a year and traveling around the world to see all of the most magnificent sights, this movie is for you. It shows you all the natural and manmade landmarks that people most often visit when sightseeing, along with famous buildings, historical sights, traditional festivals, and breath-taking views. It takes you to countries and places at the perfect time of year to catch the area's best attractions. The camera zooms in on the sights and makes the viewer feel like they are actually at the locations looking at the sights. A pleasant, male voice in the background points out interesting and historical information. It's like having a tour guide with you as you travel around the world. Once the DVD is finished showing and describing one area, a map of the world is shown as the tour moves onto another area. The DVD menu allows you to either view the entire one-year trip around the world or break it up into mini-trips to Europe and the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and Australia and the Americas. Through this visual presentation, you'll be able to do such things as celebrate New Year's Eve in Paris, explore Egypt's tombs, observe Africa's wildebeest migration, walk China's Great Wall, see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, travel the Grand Canyon by mule, and end the year with Christmas in New York. Learn about different cultures, faraway lands, and historical events from around the world with this entertaining and fact-filled movie. The DVD is actually three movies put together, and each section is about 55 minutes long, making the entire DVD run 2 hours and 45 minutes. From the Reader's Digest Classic Collection. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 028473
    Retail: $28.99
    Rainbow Price: $22.95

    Stomp rockets are fun, rapid launching weapons are awesome; combine those things together and you get the X6 Zoom Rocketz! This set contains a launcher with a rotating base that holds 6 rockets. Tilt the base to the angle you desire, then jump or stop on the launch pad to send your rocket flying up to 100 feet. The base automatically rotates so you can immediately stomp it again and again to send all 6 rockets into the sky, rapid fire! The rockets slide easily onto the base and are designed with a durable foam nose-cone for damage free landing, reflective foil so you can keep track of your rocket in the sky (and on the ground!), and fins to help gain altitude and spin. Set includes launch pad, base and 6 rockets. For outdoor use. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 008757
    ISBN: 9780448431741
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    A complete kit to make fourteen different paper airplanes like the "Super Looper," the "Little Bat," the "Zoom-a-Boom," and many, many more. A handbook with step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide you through construction. Set also includes 20 sheets of special weight airplane paper in 5 colors and 80 stickers to decorate your finished planes.

  • Item #: 048610
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.75

     Comes with two boxes: one for a 16” helicopter, one for a 10” scooter. Can also build an airplane, dog, butterfly, and space cruiser. 32 pcs.

  • Item #: 028061
    ISBN: 9780882709635
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.95
    Subtitled Biblical History for the Busy Christian, this 156 page book, written by John Shahan, MD, a practicing radiologist who also spends considerable time as a medical missionary in Central America, is not able to deliver fully on the title's promise. It took a lot more than one hour to get through the book as there's just too much material to cover, even condensed as it is. Aside from that, it does cover all the major events of the Old Testament from a historical perspective, acknowledging that the earliest part of the Bible has no other recorded documentation to substantiate it and is accepted on faith by Jews and Christians.

    The first four chapters cover the Old Testament, followed by a chapter covering the Greek and Roman historical influence, especially the major Greek philosophers and the military expansion of the Roman Empire. An epilogue and appendices round out the book. Though obviously not a theologian, Dr. Shahan does manage to go somewhat under the surface of the stories in an attempt to tie this ancient lore to present day points of view. ~ Tom

  • Item #: 013228
    Retail: $79.00
    Rainbow Price: $49.46

    Made by Carson Optical, these binoculars are the real deal in a very compact size. Measuring only 3.375" x 4.125" x 1.25" and weighing in at 6.4 ounces, these binoculars travel easily in a purse or pocket. With a rubberized outside coating, they're perfect for outdoor events. Lenses are fully coated with 17mm lens size and 5x magnification that zooms up to 15x. The view is clear and bright with the BAK-4 prism design, which is high density and produces sharper images. Included with the binoculars is a pouch, wrist strap, and lens cloth. This binocular is not a toy, but would be great for your older, responsible, more serious outdoorsman. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 023592
    ISBN: 9780140501742
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $5.95

    This Caldecott Honor-winning book tells the story of life in Maine for a little girl named Sal. She loses her first tooth, then rides with her father and baby sister across the bay to go to town. A charming tale about growing up, making wishes, and life in a simpler time. Written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, 64 pgs, sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 019539
    ISBN: 9780517548233
    Retail: $16.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    I am the first to admit that reading a book about economics is not at the top of my list. But once I got into it, I kept reading and reading! The first edition of this book appeared in 1947. Author Henry Hazlitt revised it in 1961 and again in 1978, but don't think for a minute that the information is not relevant to our world today. I found myself drawn into reading about the broken window fallacy. That is, if someone throws a brick through a bakery window, and the owner has to pay a glazier $250 to fix it, the brick-thrower has created work for the glazier. But this is a fallacy because prior to the brick through his window, the baker had a whole window and was planning to use the $250 to buy a new suit. So, the tailor actually lost work due to the brick-thrower. The overall economy is no further ahead due to the brick, get it? There are consequences we can see, such as the glazier getting a $250 window replacement job, and those we cannot see, such as the tailor who never got to make the baker a suit for $250. It's stories such as this that helped me understand economic principles like how need does not equal demand. Building a bridge to create jobs vs. there being a need for a new bridge; it was getting fascinating and kept my attention! Hazlitt made me think of the immediate vs. long-term results of a money decision. I was nervous at first that the language was too sophisticated for most students, but as I got into it, I adapted to the vocabulary and I think a high school student would too. Pb, 14pp. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 005230
    ISBN: 9780064451338
    Retail: $5.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    This book will show kids that bats aren't scary at all - they just come out at night because this is the best time to find all the pesky bugs like mosquitoes and grasshoppers they need to eat each day. Did you know they eat one-fourth their body weight each day? This book will teach about the physical make-up of bats, how they catch their food, where they like to live, and more. On back is a short list of bat species and where they are found.

  • Item #: 069498
    Retail: $25.00
    Rainbow Price: $18.95

     Can you be the first to spy and collect all your objects? This simple game is composed of 128 small plastic I SPY objects (32 each of 4 different colors) and 12 double-sided cards. Each card shows 6 different objects (color on one side, gray on the other) that players must collect. Each player has a card and gets 15-seconds to search through the bowl for their objects. After each player has had a turn, a free-for-all starts and all players are searching through the bowl at the same time, racing to be the first to complete the card by placing their 6 matching objects on it. On the color side, players must match object and color; the gray and white side challenges players to find the objects in any color. 2-4 players

  • Item #: 007700
    ISBN: 9780618250745
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.25

    1956 Newbery Medal winner. This is the true story of Nathaniel Bowditch, who becomes an indentured servant at the age of twelve when his father apprenticed him to a chandlery after his mother died. This ends his dreams of attending Harvard. Through hard work and perseverance, Nat continues his studies on his own. Was Nathaniel destined to be a bookkeeper all his life, or could he find a way to better use his skills in mathematics? His discoveries in the field of navigation are put to the test when Nat becomes captain of his own ship.

  • Item #: 028673
    ISBN: 9781561792627
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $17.95
  • Item #: 060400
    ISBN: 9781940384221
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $25.95

    It’s not hard to guess the connection – Hooked on Phonics; Hooked on Spelling. Just like its “kissing cousin,” Hooked on Spelling is fun, colorful, and easy-to-use. The general format of the program is familiar as well: Learn (a short 5-7 minute, computer-based lesson), Practice (5-7 minute segment with the engaging workbooks), and Play (another 5-7 minutes having fun with new skills). Each lesson ends with a celebration and a sticker on a progress chart. In fact, this celebration is part of the overall educational philosophy of the program which includes working side by side with your student, encouragement/praise, mastery, being patient, not overdoing it, working in a quiet place, employing real-world spelling activities, surrounding the child with words, and lastly (most importantly?) reading with the child every day. There are two levels: Yellow – roughly corresponding to the 1st grade level of HOP Learn to Read – and Red, corresponding to HOP Learn to Read 2nd grade. Program components for each level include a CD-ROM, a worktext, a spelling study card, a progress poster and stickers. The CD-ROM lessons (20 including reviews) each provide instruction plus interactive reinforcement. Worktexts are for practice and include exercises, reviews and family-time activities. Each word is written at least three times in this segment. The wipe-off Spelling Study Card is available for more practice and provides some guidance for effective mastery. Stickers applied to the Colorful Poster (11” x 7,” laminated) track your student’s progress. All instruction centers around the computer component and although the computer program is professional with good audio and practice, there is no way to skip forward through the lessons. If typing is a roadblock for the child, it may be frustrating. The Yellow level (six words per lesson) covers beginning consonant and rhyming word families, ending consonant sounds, short vowels, beginning and ending blends, word families with ending blends, “ch,” “sh,” “th,” and some irregular words. The Red level (eight words per lesson) covers short vowels vs. long vowels, blends vs. non-blends, “c” sounds, “g” sounds, “y,” plurals and other endings, and some irregular words. ~ Janice System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP or higher; Mac OS 10.1 or higher.

  • Item #: 025473
    ISBN: 9781930900820
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.95

    A long time ago in a village in Maine, two sisters owned a general store. Not very much is known about them, but an old watchmaker from the town remembered that they had a beautiful carriage and the finest horse in town. Who could've taken care of the horse while the sisters ran the store all day? Could it have been the sneaky horse trader, a friendly man crippled by a logging accident, or a pair of well-mannered children?

  • Item #: 003129
    ISBN: 9781570576034
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    A fun introduction to anatomy for the young. There are five different games and two different levels of play (two different card sets) - or just use the vinyl peel-and-stick plastic body parts and Some Body boards as puzzles to familiarize children with the locations of body parts. Up to four may play. A favorite game of Mark, our science editor!

  • Item #: 007576
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

  • Item #: 040739
    ISBN: 9780140432046
    Retail: $14.00
    Rainbow Price: $9.95

    Edmund Burke wrote this classic during the early months of the French Revolution in 1790. Not only did it predict with great accuracy many of the worst excesses of the Revolution, it is today regarded as a classic statement of conservative political thought. In the book he attacks the Revolution's negative attitudes towards institutions like religion and property and makes a strong case for upholding established political customs. An 80 page introduction by Conor Cruise O'Brien examines the political situation in England and Ireland and how it influenced Burke's point of view and also highlights the significance and popularity of the book. 406 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 030844
    ISBN: 9781620910412
    Retail: $6.95
    Rainbow Price: $2.78
  • Item #: 199315
    ISBN: 9781579249816
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $4.95

    Tom loved dogs. Just a young boy when he got his first one, he was well into his sixties when Una became his seventh dog. Each one was special to him in a different way, and through them all he learned many lessons. The story about his seventh dog is different from them all.

  • Item #: 036994
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

  • Item #: 022339
    ISBN: 9781623410070
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $35.00

    Having noticed that many students entering university do not know how to write, and seeing how the first grade students at his school were writing better stories than the fourth grade students caused James Webster to take action, resulting in this writing course. Wanting it to be useful for a wide range, the author has divided the course into eight stages. Each new stage builds upon the last, and for that reason he recommends beginning with unit one for all skill levels (primary through university) and working through each of the units in order. Yes, that is a wide range of levels; the author says the grades and units work best in the following way. Units one through three are appropriate for grade one. Grade two students should start with unit one in September and have completed unit five by June. Grade three should do units one through seven and grade four units one through nine in a similar time span. Higher grades complete all of the units, and when teaching this course to high school students, the first five units should be completed in ten weeks. In the higher grades, more time (at least a month per unit for the last half of the book) is recommended.

    So what about these eight different stages, what does the author begin with and how does he progress through the writing levels? Unit one starts with the basics of note taking and outlines. Unit two teaches summarizing from notes, skills of limiting in note taking, and adapting note taking and style. Unit three discusses summarizing narrative stories. Unit four focuses on summarizing references. In unit five, students learn writing from a series of pictures. Unit six covers library research reports and stressing the process, using a mini-book series. Unit seven looks at creative writing and in unit eight students reach the "pinnacle" of writing skills - essay writing and university essay writing. Unit nine contains critiques of narrative stories and novels and a final chapter about the writing syllabus. Although this is a book written for a classroom setting, it can be adapted to a homeschool fairly easily. For the younger grades, it is better for the teacher to read through the book, explain ideas and new skills, and assign work. Upper grade students can use the book directly, reading the text for themselves, discussing and working on projects as appropriate. A thorough "how to" resource, this volume teaches practical methods rather than just a philosophy. Examples crowd the pages, so students should always be able to pick up on the skill that is being taught. This is a very thorough course on structure and style and the definitive reference for TWSS teachers and those with advanced students. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 026968
    ISBN: 9781931397599
    Retail: $12.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.95

    Trek across the U.S. with Lewis and Clark, encountering wild animals, Indians, landscapes, and vegetation through tons of fun art and writing activities! Students are encouraged to keep a journal and write selections similar to what Meriwether and William might have written, such as descriptions of plants, animals and places that had never been seen before by westerners, and poems and other short writing activities. A variety of art activities and crafts involve children in the journey: learn how to draw many different animals, make your own telescope and quill pen, discover some of America's great nature artists, and many other activities. Real passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark are interspersed throughout the pages and are the basis for each project. Related websites for further exploration are included, as well as a glossary of terms in the back. The revised and expanded Geography Matters version of the Visual Manna original. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 066007
    ISBN: 9780692659212
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $9.25

    This wholesome historical fiction novel, set during the War Between the States, tells the story of a young woman who experiences love and a courtship relationship in the midst of many trials and hardships. Time and again, Grace has her faith tested as she seeks to live and love in a manner that is honorable and upright. The theme of this novel is that Almighty God commonly chooses to direct and shape people through difficult circumstances, rather than save people from the hardships of life. This book has easy-to-read print, but no illustrations. 110 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 036996
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

  • Item #: 061071
    ISBN: 9780698117785
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    Did you know sharks lay eggs? Or that there are two mammals that do too? Learn about all the egg laying creatures in this fun Explore Science book. The rhyming words paired with colorful illustrations make for a great read that makes science fun. 40 softcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 000187
    ISBN: 9780385316408
    Retail: $17.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Appalled at the lack of cultural literacy (75% of 3100 Ivy League college students could not identify the author of the Gettysburg Address) in American society, author E.D. Hirsch, Jr. has made a life work of providing the framework for an educational sequence which builds knowledge year by year. The result is the Core Knowledge Series -aka- What Your Grader Needs to Know. This companion identifies quality children's books. Each of the six general subject areas - language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, science, and mathematics - is introduced by a brief summary of the main topics in the corresponding subject of the Core Knowledge Sequence. Then follows a detailed and annotated bibliography of quality books loosely grouped into age-appropriate categories for younger and older children. Helpfully, "Core Collection" - those items considered most worthy - are listed throughout. Armed with this book and a Needs to Know book, a homeschooling mom would have the main tools she needs to develop a comprehensive, challenging curriculum. 360 pgs. Janice

  • Item #: 040535
    ISBN: 9781877673672
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    This practical and unique guide/workbook really does what it says and gives "writing strategies that are as easy as 1-2-3." It uses the theme of three to help students remember good writing techniques. It starts by pointing out the power of three and how it is used in everything from childhood stories to famous speeches to learning strategies and shows how using sets of three in your writing will make it stronger. It also gives guidelines for different aspects of writing, all with just three rules to remember for each aspect of an essay or paper. A few of the topics covered are three steps for brainstorming, three "p's" of a thesis statement, three parts of an essay, three ways to connect paragraphs and sentences, three ways to support topic sentences, three ways to hook the reader in the introduction, three phases of completing a timed writing assignment, and much more. Instruction is conversational, with interesting quotes thrown in to keeps things interesting. Students can either work their way through the book, as it somewhat builds upon itself, or simply pick out particular sections based on their immediate need. The guidelines and examples are great, especially for students who have a tough time remembering good writing techniques and would benefit from a more formulaic writing method. This book doesn't just give guidelines and examples, though; after most informative segments are short but effective "Do It Now" sections that give students practice with the skill or method just taught. Exercises include fill-in-the-blanks, identifying more powerful writing from weaker, and of course writing specific sentences or paragraphs based on the guidelines. Overall, this is a great resource for providing easy-to-remember tools and tips to equip students for essay or composition writing, be it a long-term paper, a short essay, a timed writing exam, or anything in the middle. An "Extras" section in the back of the book gives specific tips for students who are taking a timed writing test for a state mandated test or the SAT. Additional planning sheets and examples are given for this purpose. Consumable, but reproducible. 106 pgs, pb, answer key included. - Rachel

  • Item #: 023644
    ISBN: 9781595571632
    Retail: $7.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.75

      Subtitled, 31 Days of God’s Glory and Grace and written by Frank Hamrick, this small book focuses on and magnifies God’s glory and majesty. Starting with the premise that in our human condition, we have an improper self-focus, the book’s three sections redirect our focus on God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. This devotional’s strength is in conveying foundational theology in brief and practical explanation. The first 21 readings turn you to examine the character of the triune God. Then, the last 10 daily chapters focus on God’s grace to the believer: how God empowers the Christian to live a life that honors God. Each entry is just over one page with supporting Scripture included. 5.5x8.5”, 62 pp, sc. ~ Ruth