Classic Picture Books

Here are two more beloved antique picture books that are still immensely appealing to little eyes today, rerun by request:

A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway (PDF ebook) – First up today is this charming ABC book by renowned British illustrator Kate Greenaway (1846-1910). Greenaway’s books were so popular in the late 1800s that many Edwardian parents dressed their children to match the illustrations in her books. If you aren’t familiar with her works, this is a sweet, simple introduction, and a fine alphabet book for little ones.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.

Baby’s Own Aesop (PDF ebook) – Next, we have this absolutely superb children’s book illustrated by Walter Crane, depicting dozens of the fables of Aesop in short little rhymes with beautiful full color illustrations. Great!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.

Vivaldi and The Four Seasons

From the ArtsAlive website in Canada, here is a wonderful teacher resource kit for grades 4-6 about Antonio Vivaldi and his musical composition, “The Four Seasons”. There are lots of lessons and activities included in this full color 34 page ebook.

CLICK HERE to see/download the PDF ebook

And to listen to a youtube video of the “Winter” portion of “The four Seasons” click the video below!


Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate is an Internet-based multidisciplinary project which will enrich a student’s learning experience by tapping into some of the exciting applications of the Internet in education by having students access real time weather data, interact with experts online, and publish their own work to the project web site

Following this course of lessons and activities, students in grades 4-12 learn how weather can be described with measurable quantities, such as temperature, barometric pressure, wind direction and speed, and precipitation. Loads of “hands on” learning and real-time interaction with the current weather in your area and around the country.

Click here to go to the site!

Snowflake Formation!

This downloadable PDF of four lesson plans for 4th – 6th grade learners by Professor Tim Garrent of the University of Utah includes lots of fascinating facts and activities about snowflakes, including how snow crystals form, how flakes aggregate, why some snowflakes fall faster than others, and how to photograph snowflakes. A great study to have on hand whenever the next snowstorm heads your way!

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.

MLK Lessons & Resources

The NEA has put together an extensive lesson plan site on  Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history. They are divided into sections for students from K-12, and some of these lesson are actually very very good.  Click here and glean what works for you!

Exploring Nature: A Guidebook on Activity Based Nature Study

Here’s a wonderful find for you from the amazing Arvind Gupta website! Exploring Nature: A guidebook on activity based nature study, by Shri Nikhil Mohan Pattnaik and Smt. Pushpashree Pattnaik was originally written for students in India, but much of it can be adapted for young learners in any part of the globe. It attempts to “present simple activities to enthuse people in thinking afresh about the environment around them. The experiments/activities described in the book do not require expensive equipment and anyone with inquisitive and sensitive mind can carry out these experiments. These are an outcome of years of practical studies and experiments by the authors and their dedicated group. This book would prove useful to children, teachers and also those engaged in science dissemination.”

While you may not live in a climate like India, there are still lots of fascinating hands-on activities and experiments to glean here. And it is fun to see what kids in other countries do in their own nature studies. Check it out! Highly recommended!

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.

The Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Maker


This is VERY cool! Make your own customized PRINT, D’NEALIAN or CURSIVE handwriting practice worksheets using the “Amazing – Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker”. All you do is type your content and change letter size, color and line color, then print them out as needed. Very easy to use, useful and fun tool for your handwriting / copywork lessons!

Click here to go to the site!

The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide

If you have a student who Is interested in getting their ham radio license, The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide by Dan Romanchik (PDF) is a terrific, short study guide on everything they’ll need to pass their tech license test. Highly recommended for ham radio enthusiasts.

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.

Mensa for Kids


The Mensa foundation’s website has a wonderful collection of downloadable lesson plans for gifted elementary and middle school age kids that stimulate creative problem solving and learning. Some of the topics in their lesson plan library: Probability, Budgeting, Classifying Animals, The Art of Storytelling, Eclipses, Superheroes, Greek Mythology, and many more.

Click here to go to the website!

Planning and Organizing for Homeschool Success

Marianne at has written extensively on planning, prioritizing, scheduling, and troubleshooting a homeschool – and has put all her posts and articles on one easy to navigate page. It’s a great resource hub to help you assess your own homeschooling strengths and weaknesses, and is helpful for planning out the rest of your school year. This is not just for families with dyslexic students – these resources would be helpful for all homeschoolers.

“Having a smoothly running, productive homeschool doesn’t just happen though. It takes a few hours of effort every quarter or so to refocus on your priorities and realign your schedule and curriculum to that focus. I created this page to include all of my planning and organizing posts so that they can be accessed in one easy place.”

Click here to go to the website!

The Pearl Story Book – Winter, Christmas & New Year’s Tales


A wonderful vintage collection of classic stories, poems and folk legends of Winter, Christmas and New Year’s Day – perfect for reading aloud during this month and next.

From the introduction: “Once upon a time,” in the winter season suggests happy, young faces grouped about a blazing fire. A heavy snowstorm promises plenty of sport for tomorrow, but at present the coziness indoors is very attractive, especially now that the evening story hour is at hand. And while the story-teller is slowly choosing his subjects he hears the children’s impatient whispers of “The Snow Man,” “Prince Winter,” “The Legend of Holly,” “The Animals’ Christmas Tree.”

Silence! The story-teller turns his eyes from the glowing fire to the faces of his eager audience. He is ready to begin.

Each season of the year opens a treasury of suggestion for stories. In the beauty and wonder of nature are excellent themes for tales which quicken children’s interest in the promise of joyous springtime, in the rich pageantry of ripening summer, in the blessings of generous autumn, and in the merry cheer of grim old winter.

A wonderful variety of poems and readings for story telling!

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.


Christmas with Mother Goose

Christmas with Mother Goose (PDF e-comic book)
Here’s a delightful vintage collection of Christmas comic book stories for young at heart readers of all ages, by the incomparable Walt Kelly! Again featuring the classic Mother Goose characters in some truly classic children’s comics and poems – very funny and well written, with some of the best artwork ever done for young children’s comics. Don’t miss it!

To download this PDF comic book, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save as” to your computer.
(It’s a big file… 22 megs, so allow a little time for it to download.)

The First New England Christmas

“The First New England Christmas: A Story of Life in the Colonies” by Stone & Frickett (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this excellent short story of the first Christmas in New England, in the year 1620. If you’ve been curious as to how the early Pilgrims celebrated Christmas, read this – you may be surprised at what you discover!

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.

The Christmas of 1776

The Christmas of 1776: A Young Maiden’s Story by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this delightful short story of a young girl’s Christmas experiences during the tumultuous time of the American Revolution, taken from the book “A Last Century Maiden” by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Lots of fascinating history and details of old-time holiday celebrations make this story a great read-aloud for the whole family! Check it out!

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.

The Heart of Christmas – 3 short stories

The Heart of Christmas (PDF ebook)

We’ve got a great collection of classic Christmas-season stories coming your way this week! We know you’ll enjoy these heart-warming tales (and your kiddos might even learn something from them)!

Our friend Amy Puetz Fox, owner of Golden Prairie Press, has just released this lovely ebook containing three vintage Christmas-themed stories that are perfect for family read-alouds. The stories in this ebook are “The Tell Tale Tile” by Olive Thorne Miller, “A Crust on Christmas Day” by Tom Hood, and “Fifty Cents Short” by M. A. L. Lane. All three are a delight. (A signup to Amy’s email list is required to download the ebook – and it’s well worth it.)

CLICK HERE to go to the sign up page!