Comic Book Treasures: Heidi

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.27.41 AMHere’s a great comic book adaptation of the book “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri. In this beloved story, a little orphaned girl is sent to live in the Swiss mountains with her embittered grandfather. Heidi’s innocent joy of life and genuine love warm the old man’s heart.  From the goatherd Peter and his family to the sickly girl Clara and her desperate father, Heidi’s special charm enriches everyone she meets.

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



The Fumbletons!

The Fumbletons!

By popular demand, here’s an encore presentation of THE FUMBLETONS by our daughter Jess Erskine. Each short video offers up a cool household tip wrapped up in the adventures of a slightly quirky family who have come into possession of a magic button that summons some “interesting” helpers to their aid when needed. (Jess says the dad is sort of based on me, but – ahem -  I’m just not seeing that.)

We know you (and your kids) will enjoy seeing them all together one more time! And if you’re new to The Fumbletons, get ready for the ride!

PS. If you like these, feel free to email a note to Jess and let her know! Maybe we’ll someday get a Series Two!

Watch ‘em now! (Note: Youtube sometimes puts an ad at the start of their videos, and we have no say over what ads they are… so feel free to skip the ad when that link pops up.)











The Compass Dude explains…

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 4.05.32 PMHere’s a great series of tutorials on how to read and use a compass, how to read and follow a map, how to figure out where you are, and even how to make your own compass when you don’t have one, from Compass Lots of great information, with a bit of fun attitude to boot. A great guide to a valuable set of “life skills”:

“So, you want to learn how to use a compass today, huh?
There’s actually not a whole lot to it and its a good skill to have
if you’re ever going to step out of your house.
Even if you’re never going to leave the city,
being aware of general compass directions and having a feel
for where you are and which direction you’re heading is important…”

Click here to go to the site!

Leaves, Changing Colors & Experiments!

Here’s are some great articles and lessons on the science and mystery of leaves and how they change colors in Autumn.

(By the way, you’ll want to click on the wonderful comic strips in this post to read the full sized versions. They are from here.)

WHY DO LEAVES CHANGE COLOR? Every kid is curious about that!

Good scientific explanations for kids can be found HERE and from the USDA Forest Service HERE!

EXPERIMENT TIME! One of the coolest “Fall” experiments you can do is to separate colors in leaves using Chromatography – it is great fun!

Click here to see how to do this awesome experiment that works for both green leaves and leaves that have already turned colors. (And here is pretty much the same experiment, but with step-by-step with photos!)

The Tutor (100 page Sampler Edition)

The  Tutor -  Sampler Edition  (PDF ebook)

The Tutor is an NINE-volume “living” curriculum that  starts where the “Three R’s” leave off. If you want to give your children a well rounded Charlotte Mason Education… but not sure where to start, what to cover, or how to do it, then this is an essential resource for you.

Today’s resource is this terrific 100 page PDF Sampler Edition of meaty excerpts from the series, including nature studies & activities, stories from American history, art appreciation, elocution exercises, literature, copywork, a bit of Shakespeare & Plutarch, character building stories, and much more. Don’t miss it!

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.


We now have all nine volumes, plus many added bonus audios and Living Books, available on a newly compiled Limited Edition Computer CD. Everything you need in one place.

Click HERE for details!

Comic Book Treasures: The Wizard of Oz

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 7.42.42 AMWe’ve got a great comic book adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum for you today! This version of Baum’s classic “modern wonder story” was originally published in comic book form in 1956, and is quite a bit different than the familiar movie version – but it follows the storyline of the original book quite faithfully. Enjoy!

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

All about Architecture

Here’s a neat page from that collects loads of resources all about Architecture! From engineering and design, to finished buildings and communities, this gives students a good overview of the hows and whys and whos of modern architecture. It also touches on the subjects of  math, science, art, writing, research, history, and project management as they relate to the study of architecture. Lessons range from very basic to advanced, and there is enough material here to put together a 6 to 12 week lesson series for students of any age.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Note: Since this is an site, there will be ads on these pages. We don’t have any control over those, so can’t tell you what you will get ad-wise. If you don’t want to fool with them, you might want to disable your flash.

Geology, Geology and more Geology… is a terrific, HUGE educational site all about geology and  geology related topics. It contains dozens of tutorial pages,  rock galleries, study pages, and even daily updated  “earth science news” stories about current geology related events and discoveries. Bookmark this and refer to it any time you have geology questions or want to “explore” the earth around us. Highly recommended!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Live Bugs are my teachers…

Here’s a neat way to get a lot of mileage out of a few bugs! Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms for Early Lessons in Life is a program that introduces health topics to children in kindergarten through third grade. The result is this printable collection of twenty integrated lessons with science and math activities that use live insects.

Subjects covered in addressing the health topics for the various lessons: Math, Language Arts, Music, Art, Drama, Physical Ed & Nutrition.

Click here to go to the site!

Cartoon Science Experiments!

Screen shot 2014-08-07 at 10.15.57 AMToday, we want to point you to “Hunkin’s” Tim Hunkin’s witty cartoon science tutorials will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!! There are hundreds of his cartoon experiments and activities on this site… enjoy!

Click here to go to the site!