Beauty & Make Up Unit Study

(We understand this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this well-done study will be a great help for many families with girls growing up in today’s provocative fashion & beauty culture. Glean!)

Here is a great downloadable PDF unit study for tween and teenage girls from Jennifer Lambert at HipHomeschoolMoms.com. It’s a sensitive and balanced look at what real beauty is really all about… from a Christian viewpoint which encourages modest use of make up at appropriate times.

from the introduction: “Mamas, read this unit along with your daughters and discuss biblical beauty, inner and outer beauty. Decide together when and if makeup is appropriate and what makeup should be worn and how. I hope this incites an ongoing conversation about beauty and makeup from preteen to adulthood with mothers and daughters.”

Click here to go to the download page!

- suggested by Becca Carroll (thanks, Becca!)

Homeschooler’s Guide to Classic Kindle Freebies!

ContentedAtHome.com has a great Homeschooler’s Guide to Free Kindle Books. While many Kindle freebies are available for only a short time, this guide specifically features timeless classics that are always free for Kindle.

(Note: Even if you don’t have a kindle reader, Kindle format ebooks can be viewed on any computer or device using the free Kindle App, the link to which is also on this site.)

There are hundreds of books listed in this handy guide, with loads of classic living books, children’s book series and themed collections available. A real time-saving treasure chest of kindle freebies – that DON’T expire on you!

Click here to go to the site!

- suggested by Janette Gutscher (thanks, Janette!)

Wildlife Waystation

The Wildlife Waystation Animal Sanctuary in Los Angeles, CA offer some neat animal lessons, printable games, and even do-it-yourself masks based on some of their current inhabitants. These change regularly, but currently they feature the Great Horned Owl, Baboons, Bunnies and a Ruffed Lemur. Fun stuff!

Click here to go to the download page!
- suggested by Maegan Taylor (thanks, Maegan!)

Family Haircuts & How to Give Them, 1950s style!

Family Haircuts & How to Give Them, 1950s style! (PDF ebook)

What a fun find! In the midst of a humongous 522 page 1950s era barber college textbook (which mainly focused on how to pass a state barber exam), we ran across THIS wonderful chapter detailing men’s haircut styles, with detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to give the perfect haircut! So, we excerpted the whole section and put it in this stand-alone ebook on hair cutting technique, 1950s style! If you like the men in your family to look clean-cut and snappy, check it out! A great guide for frugal moms who want to cut their family’s hair!

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

Poco A Poco + Teacher’s Manual

POCO A POCO: A Direct Method for Learning Spanish (PDF ebook)

Back by popular demand, today we bring back this neat beginner’s Spanish language primer in which you learn the language “poco a poco” (little by little) – by reading basic lessons written entirely in Spanish. Presented in both question & answer, and conversational format, each day’s lesson are presented orally by the teacher, and build on the previous day’s lesson and words learned. Great curriculum!

NEW this time around: The original POCO A POCO: TEACHER’S MANUAL!Includes lesson plans, year by year teaching syllabus, and a complete vocabulary & grammatical guide

To download the POCO A POCO students’ book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer.

To download the Teacher’s Guide, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer.

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When Mother Lets Us Cut Out Pictures

When Mother Lets Us Cut Out Pictures, by Ida E. Boyd (PDF ebook)

Well, I have a feeling it may be politically incorrect in this day and age to suggest that children get out the scissors and start cutting away, so forgive us today if scissor-work (with pointed scissors, yet!) is off limits in your family. Nevertheless, this wonderful gem from way back in 1918 deserves to be re-discovered, and some folks are really going to have fun with it. Written and “illustrated” (with cut out pictures, naturally) by Ida Boyd, a teacher of art at the Brooklyn School for Teachers, this crafty little guide offers all sorts of great advice for teaching your kids to use scissors and provides a multitude of fun and educational cut-out projects. Projects include cut-outs such as flowers, dishes, people, houses, fences, toys, whirli-gigs, Christmas scenes, and all sorts of everyday items that kids can pretend play with after cutting them out. What a great way to kindle the imagination, develop artistic and motor skills, and just have fun.

Here’s an excerpt that gives you the feel for how warm and gentle the tone of this text is:

“Let me whisper something to you…. When we are having a happy time ourselves, let us remember not to make any work for anyone else. Let us make mother glad because we never leave a scrap of paper on the floor. Little fingers, bright eyes, and loving children will be quick to help everybody, every time and everywhere. Shall we have that for our secret?”

I don’t know why, but I just love that.

To download this ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE  and “save” to your computer.

Mac users: Press the “control” key, then click the above link and “save” to your mac.

The First Spelling Book


THE FIRST SPELLING BOOK (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this wonderful spelling lesson book, originally published for primary grade students in the Philippines. As such, it has a fascinating agricultural / Filipino slant with delightful illustrations, so there is some cultural learning going on along with the EXCELLENT spelling lessons.

Each of the lessons in this book has instructions for the teacher at the bottom of each page to help you in presenting the lesson. Lessons are meant for the second through fourth grades, and there is lots of variety in the presentations.

Lots of fun, one of our favorite vintage spellers ever. Enjoy!

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

Finger Plays for Nursery & Kindergarten


FINGER PLAYS for Nursery & Kindergarten by Emilie Poulson (PDF ebook) – Today we are featuring this lovely little “early learning” collection of songs and rhymes – all meant to be taught to little ones ages 2 to 5, and acted out with little hands and fingers. Although this was originally published in the 1890s, the subject is timeless and just as engaging for little ones of today. This book is also filled with charming, expressive illustrations (many of which would be great for coloring) and dozens of fun learning games & activities! Check it out!

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

George Washington’s Rules of Civility

George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation (PDF ebook)

These rules of good behavior were copied by young George Washington when he was a 12 year old schoolboy. They are quite fun (some are VERY funny), interesting and rewarding to read even today. Some of these rules seem quite picky and silly in this day and time, but the spirit behind these rules demonstrates a respect for others and humility in one’s own behavior, both of which are often sorely lacking these days. Several of these are very good advice to take to heart for boys (and grownups) today. We’ve retained Washington’s original spellings in this edition, which can be used as a copybook or just to show your kids that even the father of our country was a little kid once too. Enjoy!

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save as” to your computer! (Mac users: Press “Control” then click the link and you can then download to your computer)

Spongelab

Spongelab is an extensive library of stunning (and free) biology resources, with games, images, animations, and lesson plans, along with powerful toolsets for organizing, delivering, and sharing customizable lessons with your students and other homeschool teachers. Games and simulations (such as the nifty stereo microscope and the “Build A Body” Anatomy challenge) are designed both to engage/entertain students and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This site full of “Wows!” and has ALL the bells and whistles you could want in a 21st century biology study site.

Note: This site does require registration, but they do not sell products and all resources are free.

Click here to go to the site