Simple Machines

What are “simple machines” and how do they make work easier?

Simple machines are ones which have only one part to do the work. They are basically what you see in the illustration: inclined planes, levers, pulleys, wheels & axles, wedges, screws, and gears. Just about every tool we use to do anything is based on one or more of these fundamental “simple tools”. When your students understand this, they can begin to get a grasp on how things really work.

Here are two very good downloadable PDF ebooks that introduce, explain and illustrate the basic concepts behind “simple machines”:

THE SIMPLE MACHINES and

WHAT ARE SIMPLE MACHINES?

And if you want to do some hands-on lessons on simple machines, here’s a teaching guide with lots of activities, projects and experiments for you. This was originally written for 5th grade students, but can be adapted for any age:

 SIMPLE MACHINES by Terri Wakild

Pixar in a Box

If you’ve got an artist or animation fan in your household, they will love this one:

Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science, and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.

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The Instruments of the Orchestra

In this excellent series of 21 videos (about 12 minutes each) on the All-Star Orchestra section of Kahn Academy, learn about the different instruments of the orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion – as they are presented and demonstrated by principal players from famous symphony orchestras.

Click here to go to the site!

The Science of Fireworks

Here’s a fun and informative video  adventure into the workings of fireworks, exploring the history of fireworks, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, oxidizers and quantum leaps. Join James Dingley for this 10 minute streaming video presentation as we burn fire underwater, uncover the secrets of quantum physics and take the dog for a walk:

Let’s Cook! Curriculum

The Let’s Cook! Curriculum was originally created for classroom use, but most of the lessons and activities can easily be used in a homeschool or small group setting.
Each class includes six sessions with a different produce feature and sessions are divided into two components: a tasting activity and a cooking activity. The tasting activity introduces the children to different fruit & vegetable varieties. Next, the children prepare a recipe using one of the fruit &
vegetable varieties for the cooking activity.
The beginner’s class (Let’s Cook! Class – Step One) teaches basic cooking skills. The advanced class (Let’s Cook! Class – Step Two) builds on the beginner’s class and teaches advanced cooking skills.

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At Home Astronomy

Want to build a lunar settlement, launch an indoor rocket, make meteor craters and explore our solar system? You can do all that with a little imagination and these fun hands-on science experiments for the entire family, from the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley.

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Shelley Lovett’s Pre-School Video Teaching Tips Library

Shelley Lovett’s ChildCareLand page on YouTube offers a HUGE library of short teaching tips and learning activities videos for preschool and kindergarten age students — over 500  practical, helpful ideas, crafts, activities and demonstrations that will enhance any pre-school or kindergarten age learning time. If you’ve got a little learner in your home, check it out!

Click here to go to the video library site on YouTube! Be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

100+ Homeschooling Ebooks from Creation Ministries

Creation Ministries has a library of well over 100 homeschool-oriented ebooks and PDF articles on a huge variety of topics. Some of these are creation science oriented, but most of them cover other topics, such as

Language Arts
Math
Reading
Writing
Charlotte Mason topics
Classical homeschooling
Unit Studies and much more.

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Land of the Lost Lego Plans!

ALL THOSE LOST LEGO PLANS – FOUND FOR YOU!

If yours is a Lego household, you have all these Legos blocks and pieces jumbled together in boxes and tubs and drawers, but have likely lost the original instruction guides on how to build the individual projects, right?

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Here’s a great site that has dowloadable PDFs of practically EVERY Lego kit instruction guide you can think of, and loads more you’ve never even heard of. It’s every frustrated Lego builder’s dream site. Bookmark it and keep for future reference. Happy building!

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The Velveteen Rabbit


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illustrations by William Nicholson (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this classic children’s story by Margery Williams, with the original illustrations included. What can I say about this bittersweet, lovely little tale? It was one of our family’s favorite bedtime stories when our kids were little. If you’ve never shared this with your kids before, then you are in for a huge treat.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Civility Costs You Nothing


Civility Costs You Nothing: Great Quotes on Manners (PDF ebook)

Many writers, observers and philosophers have written about the value of good manners throughout the ages. Their comments contain a wealth of insight, humor and wisdom, and have application for our kids even today.

This unique little compilation of great quotations can be used for penmanship and copywork practice, memorization, or to print out and stick some choice quotes on your refrigerator door! Check it out!

To download this PDF, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your Mac.

 

Physics Experiments that You Can Do At Home

Physics Experiments That You Can Do At Home (PDF ebook) –  Physics is primarily the study of motion and energy, but that energy can take many forms: Motion, Heat, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism and Light. Each of these forms of energy is demonstrated and explained with easy to do, fun experiments in this neat little 22 page collection published by Professor Clint Sprott and his associates at the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of their Wonders of Physics outreach program, . Your kids will really enjoy these. Highly recommended!

To download this PDF, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Be sure to check out the Wonders of Physics  page which contains lots more info on what they do, several streaming videos, and much more!

Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

Here’s a classic half hour Disney cartoon featurette starring Donald Duck… that is both a fun AND a highly educational journey through the history of mathematics, introducing and explaining many, MANY  math concepts! Highly recommended!

This video is streaming on YouTube. Just click it below to watch (you may have to skip an ad first):