Summer Break

On the Road

It’s Summer break time here on the website,


Feel free to scroll down and search through our past freebies. Or better yet, join our email subscriber list, and we’ll send you  lots of fresh, new Subscriber Exclusive Resources all through the summer.

 Don’t just stand out there in the sun. Come sit in the shade, have a glass of lemonade and enjoy the free goodies!


Cooking With Cats!

Forgive us if we toot our own horn a bit today. THIS just arrived:cookingwithcats1

AAAAAA! What is Jess Erskine’s new coloring book about?

It’s a curious combo of cats, cupcakes, and colors. Have you ever seen a sushi cat? Ever colored a cat on a cupcake? What about a cat taking a bath in the crockpot? This curious collection by artist Jess Erskine features 25 original illustrations of cats cooking, playing, sleeping and chilling in the kitchen, and posing as only the most delectable of gourmet delights. You’ve got to see it to believe it.

Mix cute cats + your favorite foods + Jess Erskine’s detailed illustrations and you have the perfect coloring book for cat lovers, foodies, and coloring fans of all ages.

Click here to see it on Amazon!

Walking with the Waodani

Our friends at Home School Adventure Co. have a great new resource that we are previewing for you today:  Walking with the Waodani, a unit study that will introduce your family to some of the most amazing people and places, meals and markets, animals and agriculture, and worlds and worldviews of the country of Ecuador — as experienced through the eyes of a homeschool graduate.

Read the story of the five martyred missionaries of Operation Auca. Hear how Jesus transformed a savage killer into a humble evangelist — and fostered a deep and abiding love between a young man and the warrior who murdered his father. Review an exotic recipe for giant grubs, and learn about a stealthy, blood-sucker and other jungle creatures. This study is filled with stunning photographs and exciting stories, notebooking pages, creative writing, and much more!

Our freebie for you today is Lesson One of this excellent Unit Study. Click here to go to the download page for this content-rich 28 page PDF!


“Do you want your children to have a heart for missions? Walking with the Waodani is a great way to let them see the grandest adventure of all – being a conduit of God’s grace to the ends of the earth. History, geography, creative writing, and worldview studies will make parents happy — and anacondas, grubs, and piranha will spice it up for the kids. But everyone will finish up with a deeper understanding of Ecuador … and of grace and truth. This is a study your boys, especially, will love!” —Hal & Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men

“As one who has led numerous missions trips to various nations, and so I often look for books to promote interest in missions in families, Walking With the Waodani is unique. Author Stacy Farrell has turned the story into a fascinating course of study that will bring many a student back to the book again and again. With a collection of outstanding illustrations and numerous study questions and helps, here’s a book that is likely to stir interest in gospel mission work even among families that have not been captured by the subject before.” —Dennis Gundersen, President, Grace and Truth Books


Making the Most of Your Summer: Tips & Ideas for Homeschoolers

Making the Most of Your Summer Break: Homeschool Families Share their Best Ideas and Tips (PDF ebook)

We’re bringing back this excellent resource because of numerous requests, and also for the benefit of our many new readers who did not get a copy last year.

Are you thinking about taking a short/medium/long break from homeschooling during the upcoming summer months? Or are you not sure how to juggle your summer plans with your homeschooling? If so, you NEED this collection!

We surveyed over 250 homeschool families to find out their own “summer break” experiences: How long a break they normally take… what they like (and dislike) most about “summer vacation”… their very favorite summertime learning activities… AND their best tips and advice to YOU for keeping the learning going all summer long. The result is this compilation full of practical, “real life” advice that any homeschool family will find both helpful and inspirational. DON’T MISS IT!

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

More Videos for You!

Hot Dog – What’s on a dollar bill?
This clip is from the great 1971 children’s series “Hot Dog”, which featured Woody Allen, Joanne Worley and Johnathan Winters.
Do you know your dollar bills? Watch and see!

The Story of Nikola Tesla in cartoons

The Story of the QWERTY Keyboard

The Story of the Flexible Straw

Here’s the great comedy team of Abbott and Costello performing their classic summertime “Who’s on first?”
baseball sketch in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties”. Okay kids, see if you can follow this! Classic Americana comedy!

Thor Ramsey on “Homeschool”
(Content note: Just so you know, he uses the word “butt” in this)

and finally… one more time…
Tim Hawkins’ “A Homeschool Family”

Video Treasure Chest I

Today we’ve got a fun treat for you… two dozen short, offbeat and even educational videos that are just great fun to watch. (You’ll even learn some cool things if you pay attention!)

First up, the amazing “Gallopin’ Gertie” bridge.

This is on-the-scene documentation of the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretched like a steel ribbon across Puget Sound in 1940. The third longest suspension span in the world opened on July 1st. Only four months later, the great span’s short life ended in disaster. “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed in a windstorm on November 7,1940.

The bridge became famous as “the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.” Now, it’s also “one of the world’s largest man-made reefs.” The sunken remains of Galloping Gertie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers.

The story of the failure of the 1940 Narrows Bridge and the success of the Current Narrows Bridge is a great American saga. When Galloping Gertie splashed into Puget Sound, it created ripple effects across the nation and around the world. The event changed forever how engineers design suspension bridges. Gertie’s failure led to the safer suspension spans we use today.

How Doughnuts Are Made

How Drawbridges Work

How Dry Cleaners Work

How A Movie Projector Works

How Water Jets Cut Steel

How Air Conditioning Works

Huge Giant Spider Chases Teenager. Say what?

Here are two great video looks at a breed of goat that has a most interesting (and unexpectedly hilarious) trait. We need a few of these on our farm just for the novelty of it. Enjoy!

How Stuff Works: From Trees to Houses
Here’s a great series of four videos from the Discover Channel’s “How Stuff Works” program showing what it takes to get the wood used to build your house.

Getting the Trees
Trees can grow anywhere. This can sometimes cause a problem for harvesting. Watch how loggers airlift the timber from hard to reach areas.

Lumber Workers
Learn what wood hookers and widow makers do and also hear about the occupational dangers that exist for these lumber workers.

Log Cutting
In order to get the highest yield of the timber harvest, the lumber industry relies on circular saws and laser beams to turn the logs into square boards.

Wood and Nails
The relationship between wood and nail is a very unique one, and most houses are a product of this relationship. Learn more about this special bond in this episode.

Wakko’s 50 State Capitols

Here’s Wakko’s catchy and popular “50 State Capitols” song from the Animaniacs cartoon. Fun!

The Presidents Song
A song to remember the names of all the Presidents of the U.S, set to the tune of Yankee Doodle.


The Science of Summer
Why do we have summertime? Find out in this great National Geographic video!


Fast radishes

Slow water

Fast corn

How about some watermelon? Yum!…

Rotting Bananas…
(Hey, these look like the bananas on OUR kitchen shelf!)

And finally, here’s a delightful little cartoon about a Kiwi… who is quite intent on fulfilling a dream.

Garden Lore & Wisdom Copybook

Garden Lore & Wisdom Copybook

It’s Garden Week at Homeschool Freebie!

Here’s a classic collection of old time garden lore and quotations about gardening with an emphasis on young people. These are great for memorization, copy work, or just as good reading and advice.

These quotes are taken from sources from the 19th century and earlier, including the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Abraham Lincoln, Greek philosophers, and more!

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.

Our Favorite Gardening Activities

Our Favorite Gardening Activities: Great Ideas and Projects for Homeschooling Families

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie!

We surveyed over 300 families (homeschoolers, homesteaders, city folk and gardeners) and asked them to share their suggestions for successfully integrating gardening into homeschooling and making “growing thing” a part of their family life.  This is a compilation of many of their best  answers.

This is real-life advice, and there are LOTS of great ideas and insights in these pages. Read, glean, and utilize what fits you best.

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.

Greening Up Your Homeschool

Greening Up Your Homeschool: Tips and Ideas for Incorporating Gardening into your Homeschool!

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie!

How can you integrate your homeschool studies with gardening? Looking for ways to motivate your kids to get into the garden… and LIKE it?

Here is a collection of practical, “real life” advice offered to you by other homeschooling families who have done just that!  There are some wonderful ideas here… Read, glean, and use what works for you!

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.

Children & Flowers II: 12 Favorite Flowers

Children & Flowers Part II: 12 Favorite Flowers for Children

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie!

In the second part of our “Children & Flowers” unit study, you’ll be introduced to twelve of the most popular domestic flowers (with beautiful, full color photos), learn about their unique characteristics, and find out how to grow them in YOUR home garden this year!

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.

Children & Flowers I: How Flowers Work

Children & Flowers Part I:
How Flowers Work

It’s GARDEN WEEK at Homeschool Freebie! Let’s get digging!

In Part One of this two-part unit study on “Children & Flowers”, you’ll discover the amazing anatomy of flowers, how and why they move and grow, how they reproduce, why they attract insects, and all sorts of other fascinating facts. Wonderful, well-written guide for young readers or for read-aloud  listeners!

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.


Audio Adventure Theater: The Jungle book!

Today we’ve got a wonderful radio adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale “The Jungle Book” for you! This audio drama is in two parts, and each runs about 40 minutes. It is full of great family adventure & excitement!

Turn on the theater of your imagination and give these classics a listen. To save these mp3 audios to your computer, just RIGHT CLICK the links below, then “save” to your computer.

The Jungle Book – Part One: Mowgli

The Jungle Book – Part Two: Tiger, Tiger

The Spirit of ’76

The Children’s Book of Patriotic Stories: The Spirit of ’76 (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this great collection of stories of the events of the American Revolution, many of which involve young patriots. A great read-aloud story collection, with selections both for young and older students.

Right Click here and “save link” to download today’s resource.

Natural Oddities, Volume THREE!

Natural Oddities: Volume THREE (PDF ebook)

Woohoo! Today we feature this THIRD great collection of these classic cartoons by Gus Mager depicting odd, unusual and sometimes just plain weird aspects of the flora and the fauna in the world around us — “Natural Oddities”. Strange but true facts about nature that fascinate young and old readers alike! Kids love this series… don’t miss it!

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.

Young Davy Crockett

Young Davy Crockett (MP3 audio & PDF study guide) – Today’s resource is this excellent, quite moving half hour audio dramatization of the early life of the legendary frontier hero and teller of tall tales, Davy Crockett, and his experiences growing up on the American frontier. This dramatization of Crockett’s own remembrances of his early life on the frontier was adapted for radio by Earl Hamner, who later went on to create the TV program “The Waltons”. Great stuff!

Included with this mp3 audio is a short PDF “listening guide” to use for further discussion and study after listening to the audio. You’re welcome!

To Download “The Story of Young Davy Crockett” (MP3 audio, 6 megs / 26 minutes), RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download the Listening Guide to “The Story of Young Davy Crockett” (PDF ebook, 2 pgs.)  RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.