Everybody appreciates a second chance. Here’s yours:


Have you made the wrong decision or missed out on something and just kicked yourself for it later? I know I sure have! Argh!

Everybody appreciates a second chance, so that’s what we want to offer you this week.

Here’s why.

Over the past week, we’ve had over a dozen emails asking about some of our long-since-closed sale offers  from this past Spring and Summer.

Either these folks were not ready or just couldn’t purchase at the time (vacation, sickness, etc.), or they heard about it too late.

And a few folks just sort of realized while they were getting things together for the new school year: “Hey, (that resource) you offered a while back. It would be perfect for our homeschool this year.  Could we possibly get it– at the saleprice … pretty please?

Well, when we get several requests about the same thing at the same time,
that means something is in the wind. And instead of resisting it, we’ve learned to go with the flow.

So… this week we are going to honor those requests not only for the folks making them, but for YOU TOO.

If you missed out on one of our mega offers over the past few months – for whatever reason – we’re giving you a “second chance” to get in on the deals this week.

Just click any of these that interest you for all the details, and grab it at these huge discounts before it disappears:

Over 220 homemaking lessons + 8 EBOOKS Download collection – Regularly $119, This week just $27

Over  400 classic audio dramatizations on computer DVD – Regularly $89, This week just $49

Over 400 classic audio dramatizations & resources on computer DVD – Regularly $89, This week just $69


Regularly $29.90, This week just $12.77


Regularly $29.90, This week just $12.77


Finally, please note:

1) This Second Chance offer is good now through August 31st.

2) This is the FINAL deal we will have on these resources this year.
So if you missed out earlier, or are just now seeing these for the first time, take advantage of this 2nd Chance while it is here, and get what you want while the getting is good.

If you have any questions about any of these, email us or post a comment, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Have fun exploring these exceptional deals, and enjoy these last fleeting days of summer!

Your Friends,
The Erskine Family









The Civil War Trust is offering a full curriculum about the American Civil War, created by classroom teachers and their education department. It is GREAT.

The Civil War Curriculum is an easy-to-use, interdisciplinary, resource-rich guide for teaching the American Civil War, and is available in four versions: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Gifted & Talented – all of which can easily be adapted to a homeschool environment. Each version has about two dozen lesson plans plus powerpoint presentations and some supplemental materials, all of which are freely viewable online or downloadable as PDFs.

CLICK HERE to go to the download page!




PluralSight, a site that offers online technology courses, has a nice selection of FREE  technology courses just for kids, including:

Amazing things you can do with a web browser (and a bit of code)
Teaching Kids to Program
Basic HTML for Kids
Photography-Basics of Composition
Learning to build Apps
Making Games… and more.

These courses are all video-based and have multiple lessons that run about 10 – 20 minutes each. The complete courses run about 2 – 4 hours total, depending on what you are studying.

Though PluralSight is a subscription based site, these kids’ courses are free and do not require an opt in or registration.

Click here to go to the site.

(Thanks to Scott Alan Blanchard for letting us know about this resource!)



Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Virginia Tech, the Pulse of the Planet radio program is a daily 2 – minute profile of nature and natural science that is perfect for a mini-science lesson for your kids. Or as they say on the site, it is “a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.”

Their online archive goes all the way back to the 1990s, so there are literally thousands of programs available. They may be played online or downloaded to your computer. Recent programs  include narwhales, water, manatees, mushrooms, monkeys and minerals… but use the search button to find programs on the topics you want to cover in your homeschool.

The Pulse of the Planet site also has a large collection of downloadable lesson plans for educators that are filled with hands-on projects and activities. You need to register with the site to access these, but there is no cost to download the lessons. Click on the “Educator Resources” link to navigate to this section of the site.

Click here to go to Pulse of the Planet website, or you can just click here to go directly to their program archive page.



The American Heritage Education Foundation has just released America’s Heritage:  An Experiment in Self-Government (American Heritage, 2016) a FREE supplemental teacher unit resource  to support and strengthen 6th-12th grade social studies and civic education on the founding, governing documents and principles of the United States of America.

The America’s Heritage:  An Experiment in Self-Government resource (“Experiment”) is a sequel to AHEF’s first, amazingly successful, free resource titled America’s Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty (also available on their website).  The new sequel volume, Experiment, provides new content and activities to help teachers and students focus on and analyze the purpose and meaning of America’s key founding documents and governing principles.  Experiment is user-friendly and can easily supplement any teacher’s curriculum and instruction.

Topics in Experiment include the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Paper 47, U. S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Three Branches of Government, union of the states, national debt, and more.  Activities focus on primary source reading and study, text analysis, and question/answer and writing assessments.

This and other teaching resources offered by AHEF are free to download, but they do require registeration with the site in exchange for access to their materials. Click here to view more details on this curriculum, then click here to go to their registration form.

(Thanks again to Scott Alan Blanchard for letting us know about this resource!)



Screen shot 2016-08-19 at 10.16.52 AMToday we feature this nifty set of printable Solar System Trading Cards (Jr. Edition) for grades K – 3, a collection of cards that depicts solar system objects such as planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon, and the Sun. Also included are cards with common misconceptions, Hubble trivia, online resources, and instructions for a game. The front of each “game” card displays a color image of a solar system object; the back provides facts about the object in large, easy-to-read text, along with a question for the game. Just download the PDF, print, and fold in half to make each card.

To go to the download page, click here!

Also available is the “About the Cards” PDF, which includes national education standards, more information about the game, and other uses for the cards.



Grammar Land – the Audiobook!

Grammar Land: Or Grammar In Fun for the Children of Schoolroom-Shire, by M. L. Nesbitt (PDF ebook)

Now with AUDIOBOOK version too!

In this classic read aloud book, author Nesbitt creates an amazing fantasy land not unlike “Alice In Wonderland”, where the citizens are the nine parts of speech, and all are governed by the stern but wise old Judge Grammar. It’s a fun, fascinating way to learn some of the basic grammar rules all the while carried along by the very memorable characters and a wild adventure to boot.

Judge Grammar is far mightier than any Fairy Queen, for he rules over real kings and queens down here in Matter-of-fact-land. Our kings and queens have all to obey Judge Grammar’s laws, or else they would talk what is called bad grammar; and then, even their own subjects would laugh at them, and would say: “Poor things!

They are funny fellows, these nine Parts-of-Speech. You will find out by-and-by which you like best amongst them all. There is rich Mr. Noun, and his useful friend Pronoun; little ragged Article, and talkative Adjective; busy Dr. Verb, and Adverb; perky Preposition, convenient Conjunction, and that tiresome Interjection, the oddest of them all.

Here’s what one of our readers recently posted about this book:

I had downloaded this book and completely forgot about it until 2 days ago. I started reading it aloud to my boys and they were completely into it. My boys are very wiggly and they usually have to have something in their hands to occupy their physical while their mental is focused on what I am reading. They were completely still…following along on the computer screen. It was one of those awesome moments that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. Thank you for finding and sharing something that is so fun and educational at the same time. What a fun way to learn parts of speech. I’ve a feeling this story will stick with them for a while. The resources you list through the week are wonderful.

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

New Audiobook Version read by Kara Shallenberg! To go to the Librivox download page for the Grammar Land Audio files, CLICK HERE


The First Skyscraper

When and where was the very first skyscraper ever built, how high was it, and how is it tied in with the first steam train, the “Tom Thumb”? Find out in this great episode of Adventures in Research from 1949.

The First Skyscraper

Click the link above to play online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!