“The Practical Trivium” seminar

Screen shot 2014-07-18 at 1.31.25 PMThe Practical Trivium seminar by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn is the sequel to Teaching the Trivium: Introduction to the Trivium (which can be found here http://youtu.be/fFHoQRIovCQ). The video of Introduction to the Trivium has been available for many years but The Practical Trivium is just being made available now. 

Some of the highlights of The Practical Trivium (and our other seminars) include:

–an emphasis on reading aloud to your children

–studying logic from ages ten through high school, rather than using it as a one or two year supplement

–ancient literature from a Christian perspective (is it really necessary to read Homer?)

–choices in language study, with an emphasis on Biblical Greek

–why informal math or grammar before age ten may be a better choice

–how to give your children the tools they need to teach themselves

–how to homeschool in a classical style without buckling under the burden

–a workable plan for every subject and for every age which avoids homeschool burnout (there is only so much time in the day)

–how to continue using other approaches to homeschooling within the framework of classical education

–homeschooling is not alternative education (homeschooling was here first)

–the family is at the heart of God’s plan for restoring Christian culture

These seminars were delivered in Austin, Texas in 2004.

The first part of this seminar (25 minutes) is directly streamable from the Trivium Pursuit website. Parts 2 and 3 are also available when you sign up for their newsletter. Do it! This seminar is Highly recommended!

CLICK HERE to go to the resource page!


Noun Basics Mini-Lapbook

Noun Basics Mini-Lapbook

Today’s freebie comes from Knowledge Box Central, and here’s what our friend Cyndi Kinney has to say about this neat lapbook (normally $5 but free to our readers today!):

Nouns can be FUN! Use this exciting hands on tool to learn more about proper and common nouns, abstract and concrete nouns and more.  Bring adventure to your language arts studies.  Create booklets to place inside the one-folder lapbook, and improve retention of the information. Includes a Study Guide that can be used for teaching the topic. This product can stand alone or be used as a supplement to any other curriculum. This lapbook was designed with the K-3rd grade student in mind, but it could be used for any student who needs to revisit this topic.

To download this PDF lapbook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac!

24/7 Science

Looking for some unique hands-on science fun? Here’s a great resource for you!

The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California has compiled a wonderful collection of kid-friendly science projects, activities and experiments on this great site. There are dozens of different topics here, all of them very hands-on and kid friendly. Check it out!

Click here to go to the site!

The Absurd ABC

Today’s scheduled freebie has been unavoidably delayed, and will be posted at a later date. In the meantime, we hope your littles will enjoy this classic little book!

The Absurd ABC by Walter Crane (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this delightfully illustrated ABC book, created by the 19th century illustrator, Walter Crane, who illustrated many early picture books for children. Beautifully crafted, with fun nonsense rhymes for each letter. Check it out!

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.

The Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book (PG)

Screen shot 2014-07-11 at 12.58.28 PMThis excellent anatomy coloring book and review guide from Kaplan  is a perfect resource from which to print out coloring pages to go with any studies of human anatomy, including yesterday’s resource, “The House You Live In”.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PARENTAL GUIDANCE RECOMMENDED! This coloring book was developed for Jr & Sr high & college use, and along with every other illustration of human anatomy, it does include some fairly explicit drawings of the reproductive system, which may not be appropriate for younger children. So while this is an excellent anatomy resource, please be aware of this fact, and handle this coloring book accordingly!


To download this 200 page PDF coloring book from Archive.org, 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 House You Live In

The House You Live In (PDF ebook) — This classic “living textbook” is a great introduction to human anatomy (“the house you live in”), originally prepared back in 1904 for use in primary grades in New York schools. The short lessons are wonderfully engaging: The teacher very simply reviews the subject of the lesson (such as the heart, bones, muscles, etc.), then asks the students simple discussion questions that help them understand how the body works. Included are both the questions for your students and the answers you want them to grasp, so it is easy to lead discussion in the direction you want it to go.

Requires no advance preparation by the teacher, although using this with an anatomy coloring book would be ideal — so that is exactly what we will be bringing you tomorrow! These Charlotte Mason-style Q&A lessons are extremely well done. We think you’ll really, really enjoy using this lesson guide with your younger children (Grades 1-3).

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!


re: today’s Subscriber Exclusive resource

Okay – today’s resource just below this post (100+ homeschooling ebooks) is a Subscriber Exclusive  available only to our email list subscribers. If you are a current subscriber, check your email inbox  – we sent you the password this past Sunday, and again this morning. (If it’s not there, better check your spam folder, just in case it landed there.)

DON’T MISS OUT! If you are not already a subscriber, you can still grab this and other weekly Subscriber Exclusive resources by filling out the form at the right (or at the bottom of this page, if you are on a mobile device). Once you confirm your email address, we’ll immediately mail you the password for this week’s Subscriber Exclusive, along with a link to one of our most popular homeschool ‘toolkit’ collections!

Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13 (Bible Studies for Busy Mamas)

Today we have a great PDF Bible study freebie from Doorposts.com, “Thirty Days in 1 Corinthians 13″ by Pam Forster. Here’s what Pam says about this helpful little guide created especially for busy moms (know anyone like that?):

“It’s not easy, getting into the Word when your house is full of little ones who need you twenty-four hours a day—but this study will help! Here is a simple but deep approach to Bible study, divided into bite-size portions that will leave you encouraged and excited as you discover that you do have time for meaningful Bible study. By giving you short study assignments, five to ten minutes per day for thirty days, this book will help you make time to thoroughly study 1 Corinthians 13 and apply God’s truth in your life.”

Click here to go to the download page for the PDF version of this ebook (Note: if you also want the kindle format version, just join their email list at the bottom of the page.)

I Scream, You Scream, Everybody Screams for…


Back by popular demand!

Ever wonder where ice cream came from, or who first invented it? Take a listen to some of the fascinating and highly entertaining history of Ice Cream in this great 14 minute episode of the Adventures in Research radio program from 1943!

Oh, by the way… You MUST be eating ice cream while you listen to this program!

To download this MP3 Audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click on the link and save to your mac.