Summer Sale – Boys Curriculum!

One week only – get the complete curriculum set at half the normal price!

Prepare your son to be helpful, handy, courteous & resourceful on the Homefront – and beyond!

If you’d like your boys to learn all the skills mentioned above (and more), you’ll find THE BOY’S GUIDE TO HOME SKILLS: A YOUNG MAN’S HANDYBOOK by Gail Kappenman & Martha Greene to be the perfect “how to” guide! Designed for boys age 9-15, this 183 page PDF manual provides a wealth of practical, old-fashioned, boy know-how, with enough information (and helpful illustrations!) on each topic to give your son a chance to try his hand at cooking, cleaning, gardening, building, whittling, camping, fishing, home repair – just to name a few! It also includes loads of recipes, basic sewing skills, and laundry information – for when Mom isn’t home! This is a great guide for any boy wanting to learn about things that don’t require a computer, an ipod, or a smart phone!

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Are you Homeschooling? Much of the book can be used by homeschooling moms as a resource for various subjects: Home Economics, Health & Safety, Art, etc.

Not Homeschooling? Doesn’t matter. The truth is, ANY family will find this manual a treasure-trove of common-sense, practical instruction & inspiration for their growing boys.  Dads will need to get involved in some of the bigger projects, like building the log cabin and the split-rail fence.  Dads may also want to test out the camping, hunting, or fishing sections with their sons, and help them stock their toolbox once it’s completed. A wide range of “hands on” projects and activities are included in this unique and practical guide!

About the authors – Between them, authors Gail Kappenman of and Martha Greene of have 17 children, 10 of whom are boys!  Their handyman husbands and clever sons provided the inspiration for all the topics covered in this book, one of the most popular resources that they have written. Originally titled “The Young Man’s Handybook” and priced at $29.95 in printed form, it is now available in this very affordable new PDF edition so many more families can benefit from it.

Ages 8 – 15 (and up). 180 pages, PDF format – Immediate Download

PLUS you also get…

This ALL NEW Companion Volume to “The Boy’s Guide to Home Skills”is an Attention Grabbing Curriculum makes Teaching Real-Life Skillsto your Boys a Breeze… (if You’ve Got the Nerve)
In the hugely popular manual  The Boy’s Guide to Home Skills we showed you the kind of household skills young men need to know as they grow up. Now, in this all-new companion volume, THE BIG BOOK OF (Slightly Dangerous) LESSONS FOR BOYS you get a step-by-step lesson guide that makes it easier than ever for YOU to mentor your sons in the art of Responsibility on the Homefront, with attention grabbing activities and short, laser-focused, “slightly dangerous” lessons that will challenge and intrigue even the most reluctant of pupils.

We mean that some of these lessons are going to stretch both you and your boys out of their comfort zones as they learn real-life skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. For instance: Is your son ready to have his own knife, or work with real tools?  Is he ready to learn “real” First Aid? Ready to cook a meal for your family? Ready to manage his own money responsibly? Ready to camp out and provide his own shelter? Ready to put down what he’d rather do and defer to family? Ready to grow a crop in the family garden and sell it? Ready to help take care of a household problem when Dad’s not around? There’s an element of risk in giving your son real responsibilities around the house — like cooking for the family, maintaining his room, and showing hospitality even when he doesn’t want to —  but with risk comes reward.
And the reward for learning skills that he will put to use for a lifetime is very great indeed

In this all-new lesson plan guide, we show you exactly how to evaluate where your son is at, and what he is (and isn’t) ready for. We then arm you with some super-secret “boy friendly” tools and attention grabbing lessons you need to help your son learn new skills, take more responsibility around the house, and think about others instead of just himself.

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  38 Weekly “Hands-On” Lessons + loads of “Repeating Projects” (ie. cooking, chores, growing a garden crop, building, etc.) that correspond with the chapters in The Boy’s Guide to Home Skills! (Yes, you do need a copy of “The Boy’s Guide to Home Skills” – in either PDF or paperback format – to follow these lesson plans)

Each lesson includes an overview, lesson objectives, materials lists, prep notes, and walks you step-by-step through every topic, every project, every skill.

  How to think like a boy… how NOT to teach… and how to use the almost magical “Super Skills Formula” – the #1 Most Effective way to teach new skills so they’ll never be forgotten!

  Loads of new learning activities, attention-getters and  “hands-on” projects to make teaching a breeze, and learning more interesting and fun

  PERFECT for Homeschooling, Family use, co-ops and small groups ages 8 to 15. (In fact, it’s a complete one year Home Economics curriculum …but you really don’t have to tell him that!)

Ages 8 – 15 (and up). 151 pages in PDF ebook format – Immediate Download

Order today and get both

The Boy’s Guide to Home Skills
The Big Book of (Slightly Dangerous) Lessons for Boys
in Downloadable PDF format
Regularly $29.90
for Only $14.95


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Summer Break

On the Road

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: Tips & Ideas for Homeschoolers

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.

It’s Summer break time here on our 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.

Leaves and Flowers

Leaves & Flowers (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this great vintage book of short nature studies on plants for young readers. Engagingly written, fully illustrated, and perfect for summertime exploring & learning! Check it out!

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




“The Boy Who Killed the Giant” & “The Boy Who Was Hated”

Two stories from BIBLE BOYS by Lettice Bell & Jessica Erskine (PDF ebook)

How and why would God use boys – in their youth and weakness – to accomplish great and mighty works? What can we learn from their amazing stories of providence, courage and faith? Today’s sampler from this wonderful book include the stories of Joseph (“The Boy Who was Hated”) and David (“The Boy Who Killed the Giant”).  Author Lettice Bell retells these stories in a unique and exciting voice, bringing these characters and stories to vivid life for young readers.

To download this PDF sampler, Right Click here and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.


Your kids won’t forget this lesson from Benjamin Franklin about their money…

Screen shot 2015-05-07 at 10.52.28 AMToo Dear For The Whistle: A Story of Benjamin Franklin (MP3 Audio)

This is one of Franklin’s favorite stories that he told on himself, because it concerns an incident that happened when he was just 7 years old that he never forgot… and which became a lesson he remembered his whole life through. The lessons Franklin learned that day are even more applicable to our young folk today. (Have YOU ever paid too dear for your “whistle”? Thought so. Me too.)

In this Audio, you’ll first hear the story of the whistle as presented in the classic biography of Franklin written for young readers by James Baldwin, and then you’ll hear, in Franklin’s own words, the lessons he learned that day. Great stuff!

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

Little Wanderers

Little Wanderers by Margaret Warner Morley (PDF ebook)

In this wonderful little book by Margaret Warner Morley we learn how plants propogate and “travel” by scattering their seeds in a multitude of ways: Some are wind borne, some travel by animals, and others travel in even more ingenious ways. Great illustrations and a concise, easily-read text make this a great “read aloud” for younger students.

This is a wonderful “Charlotte Mason” style book, perfect for the summer season!

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

The Bee People

The Bee People by Margaret Warner Morley (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this delightful 1899 “Living Book” about bees, written by the author of “Little Travelers” and “Grasshopper Land”. Wonderfully easy to read and highly inviting to young readers, the chapters read almost like a storybook, and include Bees & Flowers, How a Bee Sees & Flies, Honeybees, How and Why Bees make Honey & Honeycombs, Queen Bees, Bee Facts & Fancies, and much more. Includes Questions for Review at the end of the book.

This is a great “Charlotte Mason” style nature study book your kids will love.

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


Learning About Time

Learning About Time: A Selection of Readings and Problems about Telling Time (PDF ebook)

Today’s freebie resource is this a neat little collection of excerpts from some classic school books on the subject of “Time” and how people have told time through the ages! The concept of “time” and the many ways it has been tracked and told through history is fascinating for young learners. In this ebook, you’ll find two interesting historical stories plus a section of math problems based on telling time would be great practice for younger students!

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.

Grasshopper Land

Grasshopper Land (PDF ebook)

Today, we feature another superb book by Margaret Warner Morley, this time all about grasshoppers and their fascinating lives. Lots of great illustrations in this gentle and extremely entertaining nature book too.


This book is not for children. It is for their grandfathers and grandmothers who were once boys and girls in the country, and who may be in danger, after all these years, of forgetting about grasshoppers. If the children persist in reading so old a book they must not grumble at the long words, but quietly hunt them up in the dictionary, or else wait until they themselves are grandfathers and grandmothers, when they will understand it all quite easily.

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