Jul 16

The Story of My Childhood, by Clara Barton (MP3 Audiobook)

The Story of My Childhood, by Clara Barton (MP3 Audiobook)

Clara Barton (1821-1912) was a pioneer American teacher and nurse, who was known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” during the American Civil War, and later was one of the primary organizers of the American Red Cross. She wrote this biography of her childhood and early years as a nurse in response to many schoolchildren’s requests, in 1904.

This is a very well done, unabridged audiobook reading of this classic American biography from Librivox.org. Not only is is an interesting biography, it is a fascinating “peek” at American home life in the 1820s-30s.

Running time, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Click here to go to the download page.




Jul 16

How and Why to Improve your Cursive Penmanship

This excellent article from ArtOfManliness.com is a great read. It is a neat primer on the history of cursive, the importance of good penmanship, and a plea for improving your own (or your kids’ own) cursive penmanship. We thought it well worth sharing today, as it might inspire some of our families to direct a little more effort to this hugely practical skill that unfortunately is becoming a “lost art” for this generation. Note also the PDF download!

from the article:

With schools spending less and less time on cursive handwriting (and sometimes doing away with penmanship lessons altogether), and our increased reliance on keyboards to communicate, it’s understandable that most people aren’t getting much practice writing things out by hand.

It’s easy then to dismiss the decline in penmanship as a non-problem, but there are a surprising number of people who do wish their handwriting was better. And there actually are a few reasons you might consider joining their ranks. Today we’ll discuss those reasons, as well as how to improve your cursive penmanship.

CLICK HERE to go to the article!

(And for your convenience, here is a link to the Peterson Handwriting primer mentioned in the article!)

Jul 16

English Grammar 101

Screen shot 2016-07-21 at 1.31.23 PMLearn more about the English language and improve your writing with these engaging online grammar lessons from English Grammar 101.  Modules include: parts of speech, sentence striation, phrases and clauses, and much more. This is an excellent site that is both teacher & student-friendly.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Jul 16

Understood Betsy

UNDERSTOOD BETSY by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (PDF, kindle & nook ebook + mp3 audiobook)

A truly classic children’s book by Dorothy Canfield Fisher that is a real treat especially for homeschooling families. This engaging tale follows the adventures of thin, pale, 9 year old orphan Elizabeth Ann who is whisked away from her sheltered, overprotected city home and is taken to live on a Vermont farm where her cousins, the “dreaded Putneys,” live. However, it turns out that the Putneys are not at all what Elizabeth was told to expect, and under their care she blooms into a capable, independent and confident young lady.

UNDERSTOOD BETSY is a deeply satisfying story with wonderful insights into education and learning for its own sake, your family will love this delightful heroine and her heartwarming story will stay with you for years to come. Highly recommended!

We have the PDF and kindle and nook versions of the story for you, PLUS a link to the unabridged audiobook version! Enjoy!

To download the PDF version of the ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE.

To download the kindle version of the ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE.

To download the nook (EPUB) version of the book, RIGHT CLICK HERE.

To go to the AUDIOBOOK page, where you can play this audiobook online or download to your computer CLICK HERE!


Jul 16

Explore the Apollo 11 capsule in 3D!

To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for download so it can be 3-D printed or viewed with virtual-reality goggles.

This is amazing — even better than seeing the capsule in person. And it’s fun too!

Click here to go to the site!