Visual Physics Playtime!

One of our favorite sections of (which has loads of great physics lessons) is their “Visual Physics” page, which contains two dozen fascinating interactive demonstrations you can play with.

How far does it take to stop your vehicle on a dry road / wet road / icy road?

How do we hear?

Why don’t satellites fall?

What is the science behind making a jump shot in basketball?

What is sound anyway?

There’s lots more on the site. These are great fun, and all the physics behind the questions are fully explained.

CLICK HERE to check out all their interactive demonstrations!

See? I Told Me So!

See, I Told Me So!  Homeschool Veterans Declare You Can Stop Worrying (PDF ebook)
edited by Tammy Cardwell

Twenty homeschool graduates and parents unite to present one of the most life-changing books the anxious homeschooler will ever read! While telling their own stories these veterans share about homeschooling in a wide variety of situations — “normal” homeschooling, homeschooling within the walls of the family business, homeschooling on a minimal budget, homeschooling with incurable illness, and beyond. Contributors have looked back on their homeschooling years and then turned to today, to the results they see in their children’s lives. As one, they say, “See, I told me so! I could have stopped worrying years ago… and you can stop worrying today!”

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

ChemMatters Video Lessons

This series of short (5 – 10 minutes each) chemistry-oriented video lessons from the American Chemical Society are perfect for middle-school students & up, and cover a variety of topics, including the chemistry of bad breath, the taste and smell of food, nutrition labels, how NASA tracks air pollution, how chemistry magic tricks work, and more. Each has a related article from past issues of ChemMatters that dives deeper into the topic. Videos can be viewed online or downloaded.

CLICK HERE to go to the video page!

Cast Down Your Bucket Where You Are

by Booker T. Washington

Here’s a great Audiobook reading of one of the most famous and widely circulated speeches that Booker T. Washington ever gave, on using what you have, where you are, to make a difference in the lives of those around you. This is a wonderful, inspiring speech and tells you much about the heart of this famous American. (10 minutes)

To download the MP3 audio reading of this speech, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

To download a PDF transcript of this speech, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save”.

Extra: Who was Booker T. Washington? You need to Click here

Number Stories of Long Ago

Number Stories of Long Ago by David Eugene Smith (PDF ebook)

Back by popular demand! “The history of mathematics is in no small part the history of civilization,” the author points out in his introduction to this classic book that tells the story of man’s early attempts to count, write numerals, and do mathematical computations. But instead of being a “ho hum” dry, boring “history” of numbers, this is a GREAT “Living Book” of stories set in different historical eras (ancient China & Egypt, among others), showing how different mathematical concepts were developed and became a part of civilization. It is wonderful blend of history, economics, and mathematics that will really be enjoyed by upper elementary and high school students who are curious about the origins of the civilization we take for granted today.

An extra bonus in this book: Each chapter ends with several discussion and math questions based on the concepts presented in the story. Not only that, but the last two chapters of the book are a treasure trove of great mathematical word problems, puzzles and questions, which will intrigue students and parents alike. A great find! Don’t miss it!

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

Mac users: Press the “control” key, then click the above link and “save” to your mac.

My Escape from Slavery

by Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, women’s suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer, and is one of the most  prominent figures in African American and United States history. In this Audiobook reading from his autobiography, he shares a story he held back for many years –  just how he escaped from his slave masters and gained his freedom. (38 minutes)

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

To download the PDF transcript of this story, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save”.


The Brownies at Home

The Brownies at Home by Palmer Cox (PDF ebook)

In this classic collection of Palmer Cox’s beloved “Brownies” characters there are twelve stories – one for each month of the year. Follow the Brownies as they visit some early American landmarks and also create their own seasonal fun from January through December. Your kids will enjoy finding their own “favorite brownie” in Cox’s wonderfully complex and intricately detailed illustrations.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, hold down the “control” button, then click the link and save to your computer.

Some of the Best Optical Illusions Ever!

The IllusionOfTheYear website has a yearly competition to decide the very best optical illusion of the year. On their front page, they have 20 of their “top rated illusions” that will amaze and fascinate your kids. These are really, really good… and each is annotated with explanations of how they work and what they demonstrate, so they are a great way to add a little science to your homeschool day while you’re having fun figuring out the illusions. Take a look!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

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!