We’re taking a much-needed Spring Break for a week or so, so please enjoy all the recent resource posts below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out this great video of Josh Garrels and Mason Jar Music doing their thing. It is wonderful.
Stop and think about the blessings you’ve been given, hug your kids twice, and have a great week! – The Erskine Family
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
The American GIRL’S Handy Book: PART TWO (PDF ebook) –
Today we bring you the second half of this huge collection of projects, activities and fun stuff for girls to do, make and enjoy. Part two includes nature art projects, parties for all seasons, games, plaster casting, home gymnastics, needlework, candymaking, holiday amusements, and lots more fun stuff from yesteryear. A true classic glimpse of childhood in days gone by. 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.
The American GIRL’S Handy Book: PART ONE (PDF ebook) – In today’s great companion book to the American Boys Handy Book, we again have a huge collection of definitely a bit more genteel projects, activities and fun stuff for girls to do, make and enjoy. (But you know what? Both the Boy’s Handy Book and the Girl’s Handy Book has loads of cool stuff for any kid to do. You ought to download both of them!)
Subtitled “How to Amuse Yourself & Others”, we have part one of this huge 500 page volume today, with part two coming tomorrow. In Part One, you’ll find sections on finding & preserving wildflowers, corn husk & flower dollmaking, and much more! Fully illustrated, A true classic glimpse of childhood in days gone by.
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.
The American Boy’s Handy Book: PART ONE (PDF ebook)
Today’s resource is Part One of this wonderful, classic collection of projects from yesteryear for adventurous boys (and girls!) to make and do all year long. This is an absolute American classic, and is still in print today in a huge thick volume of over 500 pages. (It is so big, we’ve had to split it into two parts for easier downloading.) The Handy Book is filled the stuff of dreams for generations of red-blooded kids who have been fascinated by the projects it presents, and eager to try them for themselves. Warning: Some of these old-time projects are not for the faint hearted, and could potentially be hazardous… but we’ll leave it to you to moderate your kids’ enthusiasm over what is in this book. In Part One, the author guides us through projects for Spring and Summer, including: building kites, kite fighting, unique ways to fish, building an aquarium, knots, water telescopes, boat building, wooden toys, hunting, even taxidermy! Heavily illustrated.
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users: Press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
Today we feature two excellent old time radio dramatizations about the American composer, Stephen Foster:
Songs of Stephen Foster: An American Legend
This excellent old time radio program relates how Foster’s music captured the heart and ideals of pre-Civil War America, and his influence on our culture today. It is both a songbook of Foster’s classic tunes, as well as a mini-biography of his tragic life. Included are several wonderful Foster compositions, including “Beautiful Dreamer” and “I Dream of Jeannie”. Highly recommended!
Next, the story behind Stephen Foster’s classic song, “My Old Kentucky Home”. We especially enjoyed this program, as we live less than an hour from the real “My Old Kentucky Home” and have visited there many times. It is a magical place. We hope you’ll enjoy this touching, bittersweet story of the Old South too.
A great hands-on experiment & study guide from NASA filled with great color and light activities using lenses, prisms and mirrors to create telescopes, periscopes, microscopes and kaleidoscopes. Other activities include finding focal length and understanding reflection, refraction and diffraction. Activities are marked by grade level, and can be adapted from K-12 (so they say). Anyway, this is a lot of fun!
Jenny Eather’s wonderful Maths Dictionary site contains concise definitions of over 600 math terms, coupled with interactive examples & lots of games & activities for young learners. It’s a wonderful math learning resource. Highly recommended for introducing math terms and concepts to young students – visually. Just start clicking around and see… Great stuff!
Homeschooling through Hard Times MP3 AUDIO WORKSHOP by Tammy Cardwell
Is it possible to continue homeschooling when times get tough? Absolutely! Tammy Cardwell, veteran homeschooler and the mother of two young men, weathered a variety of storms and continued the homeschool lifestyle through it all. This full-length AUDIO seminar, a great companion resource to yesterday’s ebook (still available above), will inspire and encourage any listeners going through difficult times.
A Homeschool that Handles the Hard Times: A Guide for Christian Homeschoolers by Tammy Cardwell (PDF ebook)
Do you want to know now that you will be able to continue homeschooling even when times get tough? If so, read A Homeschool that Handles the Hard Times: A Guide for Christian Homeschoolers and start building the right foundation today! In just forty pages (Everyone has time to read forty pages!) Tammy Cardwell shares truths she has learned through over 17 years of helping homeschoolers, as well as homeschooling two boys of her own through graduation.
To download this PDF resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key, click the link and save to your mac.
Polyhedra are beautiful 3-D geometrical figures that have fascinated philosophers, mathematicians and artists for millennia. Today we feature this excellent site which features a few hundred paper models available to freely print out and make your own awesome polyhedron shapes!
My daughter is learning about faces, vertices, and edges of 3-D geometric shapes and having a difficult time counting them correctly. She was only counting what she was actually seeing on the page not including what was not seen. In my search I found this site. This is really great for visually learning how many faces, edges, and vertices a 3-D shape has. All you do is print out the shape whether it is a pyramid or a cube, cut it out and form your shape. This has been a big help for my daughter. – First suggested by Elaine Thigpen
ALL THE YEAR IN THE GARDEN – A NATURE CALENDAR (PDF ebook)
Here’s a neat little book that will give you a small taste of the garden & nature all year round. Each day of the year is represented with a quotation or poem about gardens, flowers, weather and nature in this delightful collection, following the stages of a home garden and the changing seasons from January through December. Many of these entries would be great for copywork or memorization.
To download this PDF ebook, right click hereand “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.
In astronomy, a planisphere is a star chart analog computing instrument in the form of two adjustable disks that rotate on a common pivot. It can be adjusted to display the visible stars for any time and date. It is an instrument to assist in learning how to recognize stars and constellations.
Uncle Al’s Star Wheels are inexpensive star maps, adjustable for any time of night in any month of the year. Print out and build your own “star wheel” to tell the time by the position of three easy to spot constellations! Sure, you could do this with a smart phone app, but — where’s the fun in that? Have your kids build and learn to use something that will make them think. A great “hands on” Astronomy project!
Betsy McCall was a popular monthly children’s feature in McCall’s Magazine from 1951 to the mid 1990s. Each monthly episode included brief story along with cut out paper doll versions of Betsy along with family and friends.
Today we’re featuring a site that has almost all of Betsy’s appearances available to download, print and cut out your own Betsy McCall collection! – Suggested by Susan Vollmer