Colonial America Lapbook

In this neat Colonial America Lapbook from Knowledge Box Central, you can journey to the new world with Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and Captain John Smith… Map the establishment of the original 13 colonies and meet Squanto and other Native Americans…  Discover their everyday lifestyles and why most colonists arriving in New World found themselves in difficult surroundings, and more!  This “hands on” lapbook is an in-depth study of the earliest western explorers and settlers of the United States of America. Includes a Study Guide and listing of additional resources. Reg. $5, but free here through this weekend.

Click here to go to the download page!

(Tip: Knowledge Box is also offering a great Thanksgiving lapbook as an extra bonus goodie… don’t miss it!)

The Story of Glass (Audio)

glassGLASS… Where does it come from? How did a volcano and a cooked fish help us originally “discover” it? And how did it become an integral part of civilization?

You’ll discover some of the fascinating early history of Glass in this wonderful audio story from one of our favorite old time radio series, “Adventures in Research”! Great living history for your ears — give it a listen! (15 minutes)

To play this audio program online, just CLICK HERE.

If you wish to download the audio, just “right click” the link and then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

The 3-D Brain

This 3-D interactive brain is a very cool, very helpful tool for high school Human Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology students. Younger students will find it fascinating too. You can rotate the brain in three-dimensional space, and explore what each part of the brain controls. Individual maps of 29 structures include information on brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.

There’s also a downloadable App for this interactive brain for iPads, iPhones, iPods, Android and Windows phone devices.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

- suggested by Sjona Lindquist (thanks, Sjona!)

Classics for Kids

Screen shot 2014-10-22 at 11.21.09 AMCheck out this terrific library of current and past episodes of the Cincinnati Public Radio program, “Classics for Kids”, which introduces young listeners to the lives and works of classic composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Handel, Dvorak, etc. The programs are excellent… filled with lots of music plus interesting stories about each composer and their work. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to classic music.

“This site is designed to help you introduce your child to classical music. Music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul; it can help children to think more creatively, develop craftsmanship and discipline and learn the value of excellence. The Parents section contains information that will help you guide your child’s interest in music and its study successfully.”

CLICK HERE to go to their page with dozens of recent programs you can listen to online.

And CLICK HERE to go to their page for parents, with links to Lesson Plans, games, and other resources.

- submitted by Doris Rodriguez (thanks, Doris!)

Pumpkins for you!

In keeping with the season, here are THREE unique “pumpkin” freebies for your enjoyment!

1) Free Pumpkin Carving Coloring Book

Angie at is offering a free pumpkin carving coloring book with Bible verses. It was created exclusively for Celebrating Holidays by Kristen at Drawn 2B Creative. The book creatively uses the pumpkin carving process as an analogy to what God does in the lives of Christians (chooses us, cleans us out, puts a smile on our face, fills us with his love and light, makes us to shine his light for others to see).

Click here to go to the download page

2) Next, Teddy the porcupine lays claim to a left-over holiday pumpkin. Mine, Mine, MINE!

3) And finally…


Here’s one more little treat from us to you… one of our favorite fall songs… and certainly the catchiest song about a pumpkin ever! This song does mention Halloween in passing, so if that bothers you, don’t download it! But if you just want a fun, old fashioned pumpkin song, check it out and your kids will soon be singing along!

To download this MP3 song, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!

The Hiawatha Primer

The Hiawatha Primer (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this classic reading and nature studies primer that uses the 1855 epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow based on the legends of the Ojibway Indians as its subject. It’s a delightful reading primer for grades 2-3, covering a variety of topics, handwriting instruction, reading lessons, and some lovely illustrations. A great introduction to this classic work for younger students.

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.

Nineteenth Century American Children & What They Read

Want to amaze (or freak out) your kids? Then just show them today’s resource.

Nineteenth Century American Children & What They Read attempts to provide an in-depth picture of the lifestyle of children in 1800s America.

Here you’ll find bits and pieces that the author collected or found interesting about nineteenth-century American children. You’ll also find works selected from early children’s books and magazines, and even examples of children’s own diaries and stories. Here’s more about the site from the webmaster:

When most people think of nineteenth-century American children’s books, they think of works like Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1868), or Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (1876). Or maybe they think of Horatio Alger’s books, like Ragged Dick (1867). But there were other, earlier books that were equally popular — so popular that one author was mobbed by excited children when he made a tour in the 1840s.
I’ve collected and studied early American children’s books and magazines for almost two decades….
I’ve also been interested in the children themselves. Most of us have an idealized vision of 19th-century American children and their families. But children have been children from the beginning of time: endearing, irritating, beautiful, frustrating. And family life has never been ideal.”

Loads of fascinating articles and many, many great downloadable resources on this one… take time to explore it!

CLICK HERE to go to the site – you’ll find the link to the children’s page on the right!

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party by Josephine Pollard & H. W. McVikar (PDF ebook)

Well, we have today, by popular request, a rerun of this wonderful old time picture book telling the story of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred in December of 1773 – 241 years ago! Yes, it is an old OLD book, originally published in 1883, but don’t let that fool you. This is a hugely enjoyable historical romp back to the events surrounding that milestone event in colonial America. Beautiful, witty illustrations and text in verse make this an absolutely delightful picture book your kids will truly enjoy – and learn a lot of history from, too!

To download this PDF ebook, 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.

Everyday Life in the Colonies

coloniesEveryday Life in the Colonies by Gertrude Stone and M. Grace Fickett (PDF ebook)

Here’s a wonderful classic “living book” about what it was like to live in colonial America. Each chapter is actually a separate story, following young boys and girls through their daily life as it would have been during that time. Included are chapters about ordinary activities such as candlemaking, letter writing, schoolwork, telling time and celebrating the Christmas season, as well as some exciting stories of Indian encounters. Great “living history”!

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.

Richard of Jamestown

Richard of Jamestown by James Otis (PDF ebook) – A wonderful, highly readable chapter book by James Otis, chronicling the adventures of Richard, a young boy who sails to the new world with the colonists who founded Jamestown. His stories of the hardships and adventures faced by the Jamestown settlers, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, make this great reading for the Fall season. Don’t miss this!

from the foreword:

The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories—although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation—and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!