The Junior Classics Library I

The Junior Classics Library (PDF ebooks) – Published in 1907, the multi-volume Junior Classics Library was meant to give young readers a “taste” of just about every classic legend, story and tale that a well-read young person should be familiar with. Today and tomorrow,  we’re bringing back all six of the currently available volumes of this wonderful collection in PDF format for your reading or “read aloud” pleasure. There are over 1200 pages of classic “living stories” in this six ebook library.

Here’s a fun note about the Junior Classics sent to us by Karleen M, when she heard we would be featuring these volumes this week:

“Years ago, when my brother and I were young, and people still bought a set of encyclopedias, my parents also bought us The Junior Classics Library. I still have all the volumes. I never ‘regulated’ when my own children could read those books — they were just there on the bookshelf. And then in our homeschool when I’d searched for some really wonderful translation of The Iliad, or a great biography of Daniel Boone, or the story of El Cid, etc. I would get so frustrated (in a good way!) because my daughter or my son would say, “Yeah, Mom, I already know about all that!” I would reply “What? How could you — I just got the book!” and they would say “It’s in those old books of yours! I’ve read about (fill in the blank) several times!”

I laughed out loud when I read this, but Karleen is right: These volumes are full of great stuff. Terrific summertime reading!

Today’s collections are:

“Fairy Tales and Wonder Stories” (Tales of the American Indians, Tales of India, Tales of the Norseland, France, Spain, Poland, Russia, China & Japan, Fairy Tales and Aesop’s Fables)

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

“Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry” (Tales of King Arthur, Tales of the Mabignonion, Tales of Early English, French, Italian and Spanish Chronicles, excerpts from Robin Hood & Don Quixote)

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

“Old Fashioned Stories” (Many excerpts from classic “living books” such as Hans Brinker, Little Women, Dickens, Hawthorne, great short stories, and Alice in Wonderland)

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


A Poem for Today: The Swing

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

– Robert Louis Stevenson

The Map Collection to end all Map Collections + Maps Drawn by Children in the 1800s!

The David Rumsey Map Collection (website)

Today we wanted to share one of our favorite online history/geography resources. This wonderful historical map collection has over 21,000 maps and images online in incredible high definition quality. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

Most of these are from Mr. Rumsey’s own collection, and can be viewed and enlarged in crisp detail. We aren’t pointing you to any specific download links here – it’s all viewable online. Take some time to browse around here and you’ll uncover all sorts of fascinating historical treasures that will amaze and fascinate you and your students!

Click here for today’s resource

…and then there’s MAPS DRAWN BY CHILDREN IN THE 1800s

One of our favorite pages on the Rumsey site is the one that showcases 19th Century maps that were drawn by school children. Maybe it will inspire your kids to come up with their own geographical creations as well. Here’s the direct link:

Click here for this resource page!

The Basic Cozy Spelling Course


Here’s a complete 30 lesson spelling course especially designed for students grades 6 to 8, with a complete course outline, lesson plans, dictation, answer key, and more. Good stuff!

Says the author, Marie Rackham:

“Spelling, like grammar and punctuation, is a technique of English.  Spelling is an important communication skill. In my opinion, since the advent of the Internet, it is even more important because words on a web page may determine what people think of you and your abilities. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors will make you appear less credible to your audience. Good luck and have fun with the course!”

Click here to go to the site!

Toy Car Building Projects for Creative Kids!

From the Batmobile to the Mini Cooper & Jaguars to Junk cars…

Today we feature this mammoth collection of links from that send you to an amazing array of pages filled with paper car projects, scientific experiments, and fun toy car models you can build using stuff from the craft box and around your house. Bookmark it so you can go back as needed, then have fun going through the projects offered on this page!

Click here for today’s resource page.

Note: Most of the links on this page work, but a few do not. We can’t help with those, as this site is hosted by AHC and not us. Also, some of these pages have ads, and though we did not see anything objectionable when we cruised through these, we are not responsible for the content of any of these project pages. 

BIG TIP: The AHC site has loads of other art & craft projects, so click their menu to see the paper folding directory, coloring pages, drawing pages, recycled stuff projects, and much much more. This site is a goldmine for arts & crafts!

The Son of Man – audio dramatization

The Son of Man

Here’s another wonderful audio program for this Easter season! This episode of the CBS Radio Workshop from April 21, 1957 is the story of the crucifixion and resurrection — told entirely using KJV Scripture readings from all four of the Gospels. Portions from each Gospel are read by different actors, so you’ve got Robert Young  reading from Matthew,  Herbert Marshall reading from Mark, Victor Jory reading from Luke, and Vincent Price reading from John.  Raymond Burr is the host & narrator. Music is by Bach.

To listen to this 30 minute program online, click here. To download the mp3 file to your computer, right click the link then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Enjoy your Easter celebrations. We’ll see you next week!

Easter Sunrise Service with The Great Gildersleeve

Time for an Easter-themed audio program, as we visit The Great Gildersleeve’s household where preparations are being made to attend the annual Easter Sunrise Service. If you enjoy old time radio programs, you’ll love this delightful seasonal episode of this classic family comedy, with an unexpectedly moving finale. Enjoy!

To listen to this program online, click here. To download this mp3 file to your computer, right click the link then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Tor, A Street Boy of Jerusalem

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 10.38.48 AMTor, A Street Boy of Jerusalem (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this classic book by Florence Morse Kingsley (who also wrote “Titus, A Comrade of the Cross”). Tor was a poor boy who lived in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. At the hands of Pilate he receives a wound that leaves him blind. Then one day, Tor hears shouts of ‘Hosanna!’ and Tor is taken to the temple where he meets Jesus. After Jesus heals his blindness, Tor becomes a follower of Christ. When Tor learns that Jesus is going to be betrayed, he tries frantically to save him.

Most of this excellent book takes place during the last week of Jesus life. Tor encounters many people that Scriptures tell us about, including Pilate’s wife, Peter, Judas, etc. This would be a wonderful story to read aloud during this week leading up to Easter.

PDF, kindle and other downloadable ebook versions of this classic book can be found HERE!

Wings, Stings and Leggy Things + Bug Scavenger Hunts

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 11.54.37 AMHere’s a very well done guide from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to all those common insects you find in your back yard, with lessons and activities for kids ages 7 – 10. Learn insect anatomy, solve puzzles, and much more. Lots of great pictures too.

To download this 24 page PDF activity & lesson guide, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

BONUS RESOURCE! Here are three “Bug scavenger hunts” to use with your kids in the back yard or at a nearby park, ranging from easy to hard. A great way to get everyone outdoors and exploring. Click here to download the PDF.

Hand Sewing Lessons

Hand Sewing Lessons (PDF ebook)

This vintage instruction manual, originally published in 1905, is a great THREE YEAR course in hand sewing basics designed for home or school instruction. This is quite different than the sewing resource we offered months ago. Lots of helpful instructions for the teacher, with many projects and ideas for teaching. Check it out if you are interested in teaching this largely neglected but eminently practical skill.

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.


Frostbite Theater

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 10.26.50 AMWelcome to Frostbite Theater, a collection of Liquid Nitrogen Experiment videos produced by Jefferson Lab!

Have you ever wanted to play with liquid nitrogen, but didn’t happen to have any lying around the house? No problem! Since liquid nitrogen is a hazardous substance that should not be handled by homeschool students anyway, the folks at the Jefferson Lab did the experiments and filmed them for your viewing pleasure. Their website has over 30 “cool” videos to check out. They are fun to watch, only a couple minutes each, and you’ll learn a lot in the process.

(There’s also a bonus collection of Static Electricity Experiments at the bottom of the page! Zap!)

Click here to go to the videos page!

Teaching With God’s Heart Toward the World – Curriculum

Teaching With God’s Heart for the World by Ann Dunagan is a one-year unit study curriculum, especially designed for elementary age homeschoolers,  incorporating God’s heart for world missions into nearly every subject.

Ann Dunagan wrote this two-volume world missions curriculum (with over 500 pages) several years ago to assist homeschooling families and Christian educators (in both church settings and in Christian schools) to impart a fervent heart for world missions into the next generation.

The curriculum includes 160 day-by-day teaching plans, missionary highlights, motivational mission stories, crafts, songs, prayer projects, and hundreds of ways to incorporate a passion for the lost into nearly every subject (including Bible Study, Family Devotions, Reading, Writing, Geography, History, Art, Science, and even highlights for Math).

The curriculum presents a “whirlwind tour” of God’s enduring passion for missions, all-the-way-through-history and all-across-the-globe. Using weekly unit-studies, this curriculum is created to be used over a one-year school year, although it can be easily adapted to be used throughout two years. It can be used as a core curriculum guide (for elementary children), or as a supplement to another curriculum. It is written especially for elementary grade levels, but it can also be used for the whole family to study missions together.

The complete curriculum is now available in PDF format at Harvest Ministry’s webside. To go to the download page, click here!

Make your mom CRY this Mother’s Day

Happy tears, that is.

Give her our tiny little book 50 SIMPLE REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU, MOM and she’ll probably do just that.

And THIS gift she will always treasure.

50 SIMPLE REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU, MOM is a delightfully simple and fun paperback book/journal that lets you create a truly personalized keepsake for your mother. And best of all, this little book will be filled with your own thoughts, words and memories – not a bunch of canned sentiments someone else has written.

Take a peek! To view a PDF sampler of the book – just click here!

Here’s just a few of the simple writing prompts from the book you can easily fill out and expand upon:

I love you because even when I didn’t appreciate it, you __________

I love you because you showed me how I could _____________

I love you because you taught me to never _____________

I love you because of your selfless _______________

Unlike other fill-in-the-blank books, these creative prompts are just enough to get you going, and make it easy peasy to express your feelings the way YOU want – with a single word, a sentence, or a paragraph – any way you wish.

With 50 beautifully detailed illustrations by Jess Erskine, plus your own 50 simple reasons that say just what you’ve always wanted to tell her, this itty bitty book will speak right from your heart to hers… and your mom will recognize and cherish that instantly. It’s the perfect gift… just perfect!

Click here to see and order the book on!

PS. When you order your copy from Amazon, email us  your confirmation or receipt, and we will send you a “knock your socks off” bonus gift for your homeschool!

The Mysterious Pirate Pit

The Mysterious Pirate Pit (MP3 Audio) – Almost 200 years ago, three boys found an odd tree and a shallow round pit on deserted Oak Island in Nova Scotia and realized that they may have actually stumbled across buried pirate treasure. But when they started to dig… they were amazed and mystified at what they found. This is an amazing story about one of the most mysterious and fascinating puzzles ever devised.

To download this 15 minute audio adventure, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

And here is a short PDF “Listening Guide” to help you make this true life adventure a real learning experience for your kids. Click here