Learn Greek Free

Learn Greek Free.com offers a complete 13 lesson video course (along with dozens of free downloadable handouts & review sheets) to enable students to read the New Testament in the original language. No other resources or books are required.

As explained by instructor D. Eric Williams:

“The method of instruction employed at LearnGreekFree.com is designed to begin the learning process as quickly as possible. The  lesson plan will enable you to read the New Testament Greek after a few hours of study. Rather than burden students with morphological technicalities right off the bat, the pupil will learn Greek grammar in the same way he learned his mother tongue; in context and as the need arises. In this fashion the learner is able to make quick progress and the learning of the Greek becomes a joy, not a burden.”

Click here to check it out!

Yum, Yum! Candy Math!

These fun posts (here, here and here) from Nerdy Science on using M&Ms to teach math basics are just a delight… and are right on the money! Candy is a GREAT tool to teach math. We did that all the time when our kids were little.

These posts reminded me of our own little ebook on how to use candy as math manipulatives to teach basic math concepts. Since we haven’t featured that for over 5 years, I think it’s time we bring back that helpful little ebook for you too! Happy snacking er… math learning!

Candy Math (PDF ebook)

This little guide is SO much fun! It shows you how you can make basic, “hands on” math lessons a true delight for your little ones by using inexpensive candy (or even breakfast cereal) as math manipulatives to teach primary age children almost any basic math concept. There is a natural attraction and fascination for children in playing with (and learning from) candy. Just the novelty of candy being part of a lesson (not to mention eating it at the end of the lesson) is enough to hold the attention of most children.The examples in this short ebook will give you almost two dozen creative learning games, lesson plans and activities, with examples to get you started teaching: SKIP COUNTING * ODD AND EVEN * GROUPING * GREATER THAN, LESS THAN, EQUAL TO * MEASUREMENT * ADDITION * SUBTRACTION * MULTIPLICATION * DIVISION * FRACTIONS * GRAPHS * ESTIMATING * MAKING SETS … and more!

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.

Classic Cartoon Puzzles

Here’s a link to over two dozen classic cartoon puzzles & brain-teasers, from a fellow named Samuel Loyd (January 31, 1841 – April 10, 1911), perhaps Americas greatest ever puzzle maker, who invented and refined thousands of puzzles in his lifetime.This batch of puzzles from the math is fun website includes Word puzzles, rebuses, tangrams and math puzzles for your enjoyment.

Once you go through these, you’ll also want to visit their other pages (menu is at the top of the linked page below) and check out their measuring puzzles, puzzle games, logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, numbering puzzles, card puzzles, Einstein puzzles, and more. It’s a great site for math fun!

Click here to go to the site!

Junior Classics Library II

Here we are with three more wonderful volumes in this classic children’s book series!

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 we have three more volumes from 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.

Today’s collections are:

“Stories That Never Grow Old” (Stories from the Arabian Nights, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, Shakespeare, Pilgrim’s Progress, Ivanhoe, and more)

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.

“Animal and Nature Stories” (Dozens of classic short stories about dogs, cats, horses, pets and wild animal adventures)

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.

“True Stories of Courage and Heroism” (Tales of real life heroes & heroines throughout history, including tales of ancient history, early settlers & pioneers, the old west, the Napoleonic wars, firefighters and more)

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.

(Psssttt… Yesterday’s volumes are also still available if you missed them.)

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

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 ArtistsHelpingChildren.org 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.