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!
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.
The American Boy’s Book of Bugs, Butterflies & Beetles by Dan Beard (PDF ebook)
This is a truly wonderful guide book to the insect kingdom for inquisitive and “hands on” learners. Written in an extremely engaging style and chock full of illustrations and novel ideas for teaching (for instance chapter one compares the construction of a boy with the construction of a beetle) that will fascinate bug fans of all ages.
From the introduction:
Among the little folk of this world known as the insects, we find almost as many traits of character as we do among the human beings. We have the idle insects, the industrious insects, the warlike insects, the robber insects, the dead-beat insects, the stupid insects and the intelligent insects. We also have among them the low, degraded insects, dirty insects, clean insects, sluggish slow-moving insects, bright lively insects, useful insects and beautiful insects — all interesting and all of them in one way or another of vast importance to man. A study of their habits is not only a source of fun, but it is also most useful.
To download this large PDF ebook (over 14 megs!) RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.
Brandon Atwood, a contributor to the always interesting, family-friendly RamblingEverOn blog (which we recommend you check out!), is posting a series of seven simple drawing lessons that are appropriate for artists and non-artists alike. These are deceptively quick and easy, but they really help the student begin to “see” what they are drawing and how to draw it in a clear way. These would be perfect for a summertime art lesson notebook!
Here’s what Brandon says about these lessons:
Anybody can draw. I realize that is not the common view but I stick by it. If you want to learn how to draw, you can. You just have to practice and have some confidence in yourself. Here are seven “lessons” that will help you get there. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid and had art lessons in high school. I’ve also read a few books on drawing. I’m taking ideas from all my experiences and reading to help you learn how to start drawing. I recommend doing no more than one lesson a day. It takes some time to learn to draw. Just like anything else, you have to practice on a regular basis to get there.
The first five lessons are available on the RamblingEverOn site, with the rest to come shortly:
PRACTICAL THINGS WITH SIMPLE TOOLS (PDF ebook)
How about some neat old fashioned “kid stuff” projects you and your kids can build this spring and summer? Here’s a huge volume of great family fun stuff that parents can make with little ones, or older kids can try on their own.
This classic book includes instructions on making:
Tool boxes, kites, doll houses & furniture, stilts, water wheels, slings, optical toys, bow & arrows, wagons, flying machines, wigwams, camp seats, paper boxes,
bookshelves, picture frames, scooters and more.
If that sound fun & educational to you, then your creative & handy kids will need this classic “how to” book.
Note: This is a scanned PDF from the original printed book, and as such is only viewable on a PC or Mac.
To download this resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!