The Sugar ‘n Spice Unit Studies!

The Complete
by Martha Greene

This week, just in time for the “kitchen season” (ie. Thanksgiving and Christmas), we will be featuring all five educational, fun (and tasty!) units in the Sugar N’ Spice Unit Study Series from The Homemaker’s Mentor. Each morning this week, we’ll post a different study  about the traditional kitchen spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and sugar.  Each unit (suitable for ages 6-10) includes a history of that spice, creative hands-on activities, a dash of geography, art & science, yummy recipes your kids can make themselves, puzzles and more. Your littles will love these fun, fascinating and “oh so good” unit study lessons. They are perfect for this holiday season!

IMPORTANT! Each unit study is available for 48 hours only, so be sure to stop by each day this week to get that day’s study. You snooze,  you lose.

“The five units in the series cover the history of the spices, what they are used for, recipes, word finds, math, geography, reading lists… the list goes on. These are adorable little booklets full of FUN learning. It’s hard to believe that Marmee packed so much into them. Sugar N’ Spice is a great break from regular lesson… My girls and I have done these together and loved them. They really lend themselves to any age range — perfect to do as a family! Highly recommended! – review by Lisa Barthuly

Sorry, these are no longer available as a freebie. However, you can purchase this collection this week at a special sale price! CLICK HERE.

TIP: If you like these, be sure to sign up at The Homemaker’s Mentor for more free lessons in your email box. You’ll love them!

The Original Thanksgiving & Christmas Audio Treasure Chest!

Over 120 full length, classic audio stories to fill your home with the wonder and joy of the season this year! Click here for details.


I purchased the holiday stories last year since our family enjoys reading aloud
and audio books. We truly enjoyed the stories and listened to them daily.
It has become a new Christmas tradition as all four of my children (including teens!)
begged to listen to The Cinnamon Bear every day. Thank you for these wholesome,
timeless adventures! – Rachel R

The tradition continues. Now I am purchasing this set for my daughter and her little
family. She has fond memories of this set when she was living at home and
homeschooled! Thanks  for continuing to offer it. – Felice G.

Thank you so much for the Cinnamon Bear stories.  It has become a family tradition
to start listening to them on the way to their Nonnie’s for Thanksgiving.  We listen
to them only in the car and finish up the story by Christmas.  It’s the only time of
the year we play it. My girls talk about them throughout the year.  – Colleen

This is our favorite collection for the Holidays – our daughter even pulls it out
to listen to in the heat of summer:) Thanks for making this available for
generations to come! – Angela

We may have been one of the original “Cinnamon Bear Listeners” from your site.
A Christmas tradition at our house. We even have a Paddy O’ Cinnamon that we
put on our tree each year. – Christine W.

We’ve been with you since the beginning and bought the Holiday Stories when you
first offered them, and listen to them every holiday season! They are truly a treasure!
Thanks for the reminder today to pull them up and start listening again. – Martha

I also have to say what a great resource this was last year. We brought the
Cinnamon Bear Companion also and did the lapbook, coloring book and games
with our youngest (7 years). I want to add that after 6 years of family homeschooling
it was the best project we have ever done 🙂 – Shelley B.

Pilgrim Stories III – Little Pilgrims & The Red Men (plus Teacher’s Guide)

Pilgrim Stories III: Little Pilgrims & The Red Men (PDF ebook)

Today we have the conclusion to this absolutely delightful three part serialization of the story of the Pilgrims – perfect for “read aloud” and sharing with the kids over the next couple of weeks! In Part Three, we learn how children from the Pilgrim settlements fared with their encounters with their Native American neighbors – this includes some outstanding stories of danger, adventure & friendship!

Also included in Part Three: A short but helpful “Teacher’s Guide” to learning more about the Pilgrims’ life and times through play-acting and other fun activities. Great stuff!

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer! Mac users, hold the “control” key down and click the link, then save to your mac.


Pilgrim Stories II – The Wild Land & Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Stories II: The Wild Land & Thanksgiving (PDF ebook) 

In Part Two of our great “Pilgrim Stories” collection, the Pilgrims at long last arrive in the “New World”, only to find it a truly “wild land” filled with incredible danger and hardships. Providentially, they are befriended just when they need it most, and the very first Thanksgiving is celebrated.

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer! Mac users, hold the “control” key down and click the link, then save to your mac.

Pilgrim Stories I – From Old Homes to New

Pilgrim Stories, Book I: From Old Homes to New (PDF ebook)

After a couple of years absence, this week we are again featuring this absolutely delightful three part serialization of “Pilgrim Stories”, originally published in 1910. This is a wonderful “read aloud” resource that you can share with the kids over the next couple of weeks, to make Thanksgiving not only a family celebration, but a learning time as well.

We are loving this series! Thank you so much! We read almost the entire book the first day. My son is only 6 and I was amazed how much he enjoyed it! He didn’t want me to stop! I can’t wait to finish reading the rest of the series to him!- Diana

I can say enough how much we are enjoying this series of books. We keep reading and don’t want to stop. My children are very young but are really getting a lot out of these. They go very nicely with our study of Thanksgiving. These stories of real people help my children understand. – Connie

In Part One, we meet the Pilgrims and learn why they were forced to leave their homes in search of a place they could freely worship… a journey which had many false starts, and which eventually led to a hazardous journey across the ocean in hopes of reaching the “New World” and a place they could make their own.

To download today’s resource, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer! Mac users, hold the “control” key down and click the link, then save to your mac.


Paper Dolls from Melissa Jacie

PAPER DOLLS for All Seasons

Artist Melissa Thomsen (who has a wonderfully creative and encouraging blog which we recommend for any young artist) has created a delightful series of paper dolls, most with seasonal outfits (some in full color, others you color yourself). There are several to freely download on her site!

Click here to go to her main Paper Doll page, then be sure to explore all the sub-pages for more.

If you like Melissa’s art, be sure to sign up for her email list and you’ll receive her printable monthly calendar and news about new paper dolls and other projects.

Artists & their Art: Sharing Visual Stories

Artists and their Art – Huge Lesson Plan Library!

Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a resource site hosted by the Concordia University of Chicago, focuses on art appreciation and history by providing a biographical sketch of the artist, an image of one of the artist’s specific works and details about that work. It also provides class discussion questions and ideas for hands-on exploration. With a very nice archive of ten downloadable lessons per grade level, this resource series is very well suited for homeschool use.

Click here to go to the download site!

Natural Oddities – Volume One

Natural Oddities by Gus Mager (PDF ebook) – Today’s resource is this  classic little collection of cartoons depicting odd and unusual aspects of the flora and the fauna in the world around us — “Natural Oddities”.  These engaging cartoons by Gus Mager are full of strange but true facts about everything from polar bears to platypuses… and are sure to fascinate young readers.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click on the link and save it to your mac. (Note: This is a scanned ebook, photographed from the original vintage book, so it may not be viewable on portable devices such as a kindle, ipad or phone.)


A Q&A Guide for the Study of Animals


This is an excellent question & answer lesson guide for studying small animals and insects, prepared for high school use in the 1920s. From maggots & beetles to fish & chickens, these are great, easy to use lesson plans suitable both for hands on dissection or simple nature observation sessions.

To download this scanned 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.

What’s that noise? Exploring your sense of HEARING

How do our ears detect sound? How do our brains interpret it?

Today we return to the Neuroscience for Kids website created and curated by Dr. Eric Chudler to focus on the Sense of HEARING, and learn about the parts of the auditory system and how they work.

Click here to go to the introduction about the sense of hearing.

Click here for a collection of experiments all about your sense of hearing.

And the PDF Lesson Guides: The Teacher’s Guide is HERE. The Student’s Guide is HERE.

Great Stories from Brooks’ Reader

Brooks’ Reader, Year 4

This is a great collection of short stories, poems and readings compiled by Stratton Duluth Brooks for fourth grade level readers, or for reading aloud to younger age listeners. There’s a ton of wonderful stuff in here, including many famous authors, seasonal readings, biographical stories of famous people, Bible quotations, lovely poetry, and plenty of great illustrations. Highly recommended!

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

Paper Fold Construction & Your Lessons

Paper Fold Construction & Your Lessons (PDF ebook)

Here’s a classic book combining 20 basic paper folding projects (creating cubes, baskets, containers, etc. out of paper or card stock) with specific lesson plans for math, literature, history and nature studies! You’ll find several idea starters for creating your own lessons using some fun paper construction to keep the kids focused and interested!

To download this scanned 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.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow x 2

IchabodCraneThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving (Audios)

The quiet Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the mighty Hudson River in America’s colonial period. The solitude of the woods was breathtaking, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie miasma which everyone knew permeated the dense forest. Written in 1820, Washington Irving’s The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has become a classic of American literature, and has been retold in many different ways. Today, we have two wonderful AUDIO versions of the story for you!

First, here’s a great old time radio dramatization of Washington Irving’s classic early American story of Ichabod Crane and the headless you know who. Oooo! Great fun! (28 minutes)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow Click the link to play online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!

Next, here’s a link to the unabridged audiobook version of Washington Irving’s story. (It’s only 1.5 hours in length, and the reader is great!) If you like the above dramatization, be sure to have your kids listen to this excellent reading of the original!

Sniff, sniff! Exploring Your Sense of SMELL

What does your NOSE tell you?  Like your other senses, it tells you such things as:

  1. What is out in the environment.
  2. How much is out there.
  3. Is there more or less of it than before.
  4. Where is it.
  5. Is it changing in time or place.

Today we focus on the Sense of Smell, with this great activity guide and lesson plan from the Neuroscience for Kids website, created and curated by Dr. Eric Chudler.

CLICK HERE to go to the “Smell Experiments” page.

Then for the complete Lesson Plan/Unit Study…

CLICK HERE to go to the Teacher’s Guide

CLICK HERE to go to the Student’s Guide


Halloween Science Experiments with Science Bob

Would your kids like to make a glow-in-the-dark drink, a screaming cup, some halloween slime or a ghost bubble? Sure they would! has a neat little collection of Halloween-themed science  experiments that are great fun for hands-on science demonstrations.

They also have loads of interesting projects on their regular experiments collection, including a soap powered boat, geode crystal eggs, tabletop hovercraft, quick color changes, and many more fun science activites.

Click here to go to the Halloween experiments page!

Click here to go to the regular science experiments page!