Fine Art Pages collection + 5 more freebies!

Classical Composer Monthly has a great freebie (available through this Friday) exclusively for our readers — FINE ART PAGES to introduce some classic masterpieces to your children in a novel, natural way. Here is Erica Johns’ rather humorous story of how she created this delightful 28 page collection:

I don’t think I’m alone as a homeschool mother who dreams of sharing fine art with her children…..and then not getting it done. I mean, by the time the money is spent on math books and science supplies and penmanship workbooks and great books to read, it feels hard to part with any more money for art books.
Or if you *do* get the art books, you have probably noticed that the kids don’t
really gravitate toward them. Nobody’s reading them! Nobody’s looking at the pictures! It feels like nobody cares! And after a long day of schooling the kiddos, do you really want to tack art onto the schedule as well?

I know, ladies. I know.

One day I came up with an idea. What if I could introduce fine art to my children simply, painlessly, inexpensively, without taking up hardly any time, and in a way that would prevent the children from resistance because they wouldn’t even realize anything was going on? YES!

So here it is, so simple that I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this sooner: Fine Art Pages.

Print these out (either at home, or hire an office or copy shop to do it for you), either on regular paper or card stock. Use page protectors or don’t–your choice. Then stick up some art on the walls where every family member will see them and have some time to notice them.
The bathroom, next to the toilet. (yes, I’m serious)
The bathroom, on the mirror or next to it, where people will see the art while they brush their teeth.
On the wall next to each person’s bed (if they are old enough to be trusted), where they can see the art while they lay down and wake up each day.
On the wall by the kitchen sink, where people will see the art when they wash dishes or wash their hands or get a drink of water or help make dinner.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Basically, anyplace that you notice the eye will rest is a potentially great spot for one of these art pages to go…

Such a good idea, and then she’s got 5 additional freebies available for folks who join her email list. Check it out!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page!

Chronicles of Narnia – Complete Audiobook Series + more!

The COMPLETE Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – read by Chrissi Hart (Audiobooks)

By request, we’re bringing back this amazing treasure for you:

It’s the COMPLETE seven book Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, in audiobook format. These programs were originally recorded for broadcast on the Ancient Faith Internet Radio station (which we occasionally listen to and enjoy – especially their music station). The reader is Chrissi Hart, who has a lovely British accent just perfect for these readings.

Between the seven books in the series, there’s almost 50 hours of listening here! Wonderful for family or bedtime listening… bookmark this site and enjoy this incredible treasury of some of the best children’s books ever! [Read more...]

My Timeline Notebooking Journal

{Freebie} 132-Page My Timeline Notebooking JournalDanika Cooley from The is offering a neat Timeline Notebooking Journal as our freebie today! Here’s what she says about this neat 132 page resource:The timeline starts in 4000 BC. The beginning of human history is recorded as starting anywhere from 4004 BC to 3500 BC, so this will give you room to record from Creation forward. Here’s how the timeline pages are arranged: [Read more...]

Current Events Resources

Betty Jo Hendrickson at has compiled a terrific list of kid-friendly sites she uses as resources for current events in her homeschooling.

Here’s what she says about it:

“Oh, you homeschool?  Your children won’t know about the real world…”  Blah, blah, blah.

As home educators we have a huge advantage when it comes to teaching world events as they unfold.  We are not limited to only an occasional news study.  We are not tied to a lesson plan that leaves no room to learn about something important happening.  Homeschoolers (for the most part) are highly aware of the “real world”.

For our family, world current events always has a part in our weekly studies.  Current events lessons can inspire prayer projects, set the stage for discussions/debates,  lead to geography/culture studies, and make great essay/report assignments.  It’s so very important for all of us to know what’s happening in the world.  Even as we “shelter” the children,  through current events studies they will gain knowledge of the world.  Also, they will understand some of the reasons why we are “sheltering” them.

These links to free online current events sites for kids are a great resource — Click here to go to her resource page.

“The Practical Trivium” seminar

Screen shot 2014-07-18 at 1.31.25 PMThe Practical Trivium seminar by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn is the sequel to Teaching the Trivium: Introduction to the Trivium (which can be found here The video of Introduction to the Trivium has been available for many years but The Practical Trivium is just being made available now. 

Some of the highlights of The Practical Trivium (and our other seminars) include:

–an emphasis on reading aloud to your children

–studying logic from ages ten through high school, rather than using it as a one or two year supplement

–ancient literature from a Christian perspective (is it really necessary to read Homer?)

–choices in language study, with an emphasis on Biblical Greek

–why informal math or grammar before age ten may be a better choice

–how to give your children the tools they need to teach themselves

–how to homeschool in a classical style without buckling under the burden

–a workable plan for every subject and for every age which avoids homeschool burnout (there is only so much time in the day)

–how to continue using other approaches to homeschooling within the framework of classical education

–homeschooling is not alternative education (homeschooling was here first)

–the family is at the heart of God’s plan for restoring Christian culture

These seminars were delivered in Austin, Texas in 2004.

The first part of this seminar (25 minutes) is directly streamable from the Trivium Pursuit website. Parts 2 and 3 are also available when you sign up for their newsletter. Do it! This seminar is Highly recommended!

CLICK HERE to go to the resource page!


Noun Basics Mini-Lapbook

Noun Basics Mini-Lapbook

Today’s freebie comes from Knowledge Box Central, and here’s what our friend Cyndi Kinney has to say about this neat lapbook (normally $5 but free to our readers today!):

Nouns can be FUN! Use this exciting hands on tool to learn more about proper and common nouns, abstract and concrete nouns and more.  Bring adventure to your language arts studies.  Create booklets to place inside the one-folder lapbook, and improve retention of the information. Includes a Study Guide that can be used for teaching the topic. This product can stand alone or be used as a supplement to any other curriculum. This lapbook was designed with the K-3rd grade student in mind, but it could be used for any student who needs to revisit this topic.

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

24/7 Science

Looking for some unique hands-on science fun? Here’s a great resource for you!

The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California has compiled a wonderful collection of kid-friendly science projects, activities and experiments on this great site. There are dozens of different topics here, all of them very hands-on and kid friendly. Check it out!

Click here to go to the site!

The Absurd ABC

Today’s scheduled freebie has been unavoidably delayed, and will be posted at a later date. In the meantime, we hope your littles will enjoy this classic little book!

The Absurd ABC by Walter Crane (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this delightfully illustrated ABC book, created by the 19th century illustrator, Walter Crane, who illustrated many early picture books for children. Beautifully crafted, with fun nonsense rhymes for each letter. Check it out!

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.

The Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book (PG)

Screen shot 2014-07-11 at 12.58.28 PMThis excellent anatomy coloring book and review guide from Kaplan  is a perfect resource from which to print out coloring pages to go with any studies of human anatomy, including yesterday’s resource, “The House You Live In”.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PARENTAL GUIDANCE RECOMMENDED! This coloring book was developed for Jr & Sr high & college use, and along with every other illustration of human anatomy, it does include some fairly explicit drawings of the reproductive system, which may not be appropriate for younger children. So while this is an excellent anatomy resource, please be aware of this fact, and handle this coloring book accordingly!


To download this 200 page PDF coloring book from, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

The House You Live In

The House You Live In (PDF ebook) — This classic “living textbook” is a great introduction to human anatomy (“the house you live in”), originally prepared back in 1904 for use in primary grades in New York schools. The short lessons are wonderfully engaging: The teacher very simply reviews the subject of the lesson (such as the heart, bones, muscles, etc.), then asks the students simple discussion questions that help them understand how the body works. Included are both the questions for your students and the answers you want them to grasp, so it is easy to lead discussion in the direction you want it to go.

Requires no advance preparation by the teacher, although using this with an anatomy coloring book would be ideal — so that is exactly what we will be bringing you tomorrow! These Charlotte Mason-style Q&A lessons are extremely well done. We think you’ll really, really enjoy using this lesson guide with your younger children (Grades 1-3).

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!