The Sci Guys

Screen shot 2015-08-21 at 2.43.15 PMTHE SCI GUYS

Here’s a great youtube channel for you: The Sci Guys develop educational science videos of experiments that can be done at home and for all ages. Along with the actual experiments, they explain all concepts and reasons for what happens using fun animations created specifically for this channel. Most of these experiments are easily duplicated at home. There are over 40 videos in the series so far.

Click here to go to the youtube channel

Educational Toys You Can Make

Screen shot 2015-08-21 at 3.13.33 PMOnce upon a time, the value of practical construction skills was recognized by educators as an important part of a child’s education. Here’s a truly wonderful vintage toymaking guide from Project Gutenberg, this time for the workshop. With a few simple tools – what you see to the left – your child can make many classic wooden toys and puzzles found in this manual, including rocking animals, jumping jacks, buzzers and many more familiar old-fashioned childhood toys.

from the introduction:

Toy-making takes into account the child’s view-point, his proclivities and his emotions. It is a form of activity that appeals strongly to his fancy, has a direct relation to his environments, and is within the range of his mental grasp and constructive ability. His wonderful imagination endows the creatures of his handiwork with life, individuality and cunning. The toy problem is in harmony with the child’s resourcefulness, his powers and his interests.

The problems contained in this book have been selected from those worked out in the Normal Model School. They have been tested under ordinary class-room conditions. To survive the weeding-out process, a toy has had to meet the following requirements:

  1. It must be within the child’s power.
  2. It must excite and sustain interest.
  3. It must possess educational value.
  4. It must be adaptable to light-wood construction.
  5. It must conform in size and complexity to the limited space and equipment of class-room  conditions.

This heavily illustrated guide is wonderful for any parent wanting to encourage their children to use their imagination and learn how to use simple tools. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

This ebook is available in kindle and EPUB formats, and is also viewable online.

Click here to go to the page, then choose the format you wish to view/download.



Screen shot 2015-08-21 at 2.17.32 PMDemoworks – The Fine Art of Materials Demonstrations

Here’s a great ebook of over 40 science demonstrations from the Strange Matter Exhibit website. It was created by a Yale materials science professor as a teaching resource for her introductory class, and most of these materials demonstrations can be easily used in a homeschool setting or the more complicated ones as a larger science fair project. These experiments demonstrate many different properties of materials including magnetic, electrical, optical, thermal, structural, kinetic and mechanical properties, and more. Objectives, materials, procedures, explanations and references are provided with each demo.

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

Mother Nature’s Toy Shop

Here’s another wonScreen shot 2015-08-21 at 2.46.07 PMderful vintage book from by Lina and Adelia Beard. In it, the authors show how to make all sorts of toys, jewelry and ornaments with wildflowers, leaves, grasses, pods, seeds and other things found outdoors. It only takes some imagination.

from the introduction:

Mother Nature is every bit as fond of the little folks in her human family as of the grown-ups, and while she prepares untold joys for lovers of the outdoors among men and women and larger boys and girls, she never forgets the little ones.

For their benefit she keeps an open toy-shop full of marvelous playthings, all free to any child who wants them, and instead of the children paying her for what they take she pays them for coming to her by giving them rosier cheeks, brighter eyes, and stronger bodies. She puts more glee into their laughter and greater happiness into their trustful little hearts.

As in the large department stores in big cities, the goods in Mother Nature’s shop are changed for each season of the year; so the little shoppers have constant variety and hail every new season with fresh delight. This book is written to call attention to the beautiful and wonderful things to be found in Mother Nature’s toy-shop and to tell what to do with them, for one must know how to use the amusing material that is furnished.

After really getting into this most enchanting of all toy-shops with eyes open to see its wonders, we found that the difficulty to be met was not how to write about them, but how to stop writing. The display was so varied and so inviting, it seemed that we must tell the children about everything we saw, but if we had gone on seeing more and telling more there is no saying what size this book would have been.

There are dozens of illustrations by the authors showing exactly how to make your creations. This is a genuine, old-fashioned and almost magical guide for children who love the outdoors and who are imaginative enough to play with their own toy creations.

This ebook is available in kindle and EPUB formats, and is also viewable online.

Click here to go to the page, then choose the format you wish to view/download.

Droplets: Cloud Identification Guide for Kids

Screen shot 2015-08-21 at 5.39.23 PMDroplets: The Kiwi Kids Cloud Identification Guide

From the Royal Society of New Zealand, here’s a great 40 page guide to clouds especially for kids, written by Paula KcKean. Lots and lots of photos and illustrations!

To download the PDF, 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 Audio Stories


Want some relaxing, imagination stirring listening for your kids on these lazy late summer afternoons?
Here are three of our favorite old time radio stories that your family will love!

To play any of these streaming over the internet, just click the link below. If you’d like to download the mp3 audio file, RIGHT CLICK the link and “save link” to your computer. (Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.)

Family Science Fiction: A PAIL OF AIR


Family Western: THE SIX SHOOTER

Jimmie’s Collage

Here’s an amazing smorgasbord of over a hundred great notebooking pages, lapbooks, mini-books, and other printables created by Jimmie, including Famous artist pages, writing, math, music, history, nature, Shakespeare, and many more¬† printable resources. Can’t narrow it down to just feature a few… so go take a look and start digging. Lots of little treasures here!

CLICK HERE to go to the download page

The History of Money: From Its Origins to Our Time

This concise, 12,000 word “Junior Histoire” by economist James Robertson (originally published in French but here translated to English) explains how money began, how it has evolved to the present day, what it has enabled humans to achieve, why so many people in the world today suffer from the way it works, how it may develop further, and how young people today might want it to develop.

A great and short (22 pages) introduction to the history of money and how it has developed over the centuries.

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.

Also, here’s a link to Mr. Robertson’s main site if you want to do further study.

Typing Club

Want a simple, free touch typing lessons without a lot of dumb games, bells and whistles (aka “distractions”)? This is it. Just like in the old days where you learned typing key by key. (No sign up required, unless you want to keep track of your student’s progress. There are also ads on the page, but just navigate around them.)

CLICK HERE to go to the site

Suggested by Nancy Funk – thanks, Nancy!


Track Autumn Migration & more


It’s the middle of August, and it’s the perfect time to learn about wildlife migration and track the approach of Autumn. The Journey North website fills young learners in on this season’s migration of eagles, hummingbirds, butterflies, whooping cranes, robins and whales, with real time sightings and reports, live cams, maps, and an interactive app which you can use to report sightings in your own neighborhood.

This could be huge fun and a great learning experience for families that get ‘into it’! Maybe yours?

CLICK HERE to go to the website!