Thanksgiving week!

wyeth-thanksgivingThe year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway —
Thanksgiving comes again!

We’re taking a break this Thanksgiving week to enjoy some time with family and friends. Back next week with lots more great resources and goodies for you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and count your blessings!

Your Friends,
The Erskine Family

Old Time Holiday Stories – Preview

Great Old Time Holiday Programs PREVIEW! (mp3 audios)

Here are three wonderful holiday-themed old time radio programs from our “Great Old Time Holiday Stories” collection, which is available¬† HERE until December 1st. Give these a listen and you’ll quickly understand why so many families make these an integral part of their holidays each year. Nothing captures the wholesome, old-fashioned spirit of the holiday season better than these classic holiday radio programs… NOTHING!

The three programs you can download and listen to in their entirety today are:

The Path of Praise
A wonderful history of the Thanksgiving holiday from colonial days through Abraham Lincoln’s establishing it as a national holiday. A very moving and inspirational program!

Stranded in a Snowstorm on Christmas Eve
A great Christmas episode of “Father Knows Best” which WILL get you in the Christmas spirit. Just sit back and let this one work its magic on you… it is a delight!

The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One
The Cinnamon Bear is a perennial favorite 15 minute children’s musical adventure serial that has been enjoyed by children of all ages since it was first broadcast way back in 1938. Episode #1 of this 26 episode series will get your kids hooked!

To Download “The Path of Praise” (mp3 audio/ 30 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download “Stranded in a Snowstorm” (mp3 audio/ 30 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

To Download “The Cinnamon Bear – Episode One” (mp3 audio/ 14 minutes),
RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save target” to your computer.

Again, if you want a copy of this wonderful collection don’t delay… Click here for full details!

Homeschool Ideas for the Holidays!

Our Favorite Homeschool Ideas For The Holidays (PDF ebook)

There’s a very good reason we bring this little ebook back each year. Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is here! And while we can’t control the calendar, we CAN control what the holidays are going to be like in our own households. Now’s the time to plan how to make the next few weeks the best time of the year for your family.

We surveyed over 800 homeschool families and asked them to share their favorite holiday activities and ideas – what worked for them, and what did not. This is a compilation of the very best responses and ideas we received. In this little collection you’ll find dozens of great holiday learning activities plus tips and suggestions for balancing homeschool & family during the hectic holiday season. This is some of the very best “real life” advice on the subject you’ll find ANYWHERE at any price. Don’t miss it!

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


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.

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.



“Discovery Sets” are a great collection of interactive ebooks for middle school students featuring original maps, songs, posters and other artifacts from the collection of the Library of Congress.¬† Included are ebooks on:

Children’s lives at the beginning of the 20th century

The Dust Bowl

Women’s Suffrage

The Industrial Revolution

19th Century Immigration

Symbols of the United States

The Constitution, and several more.

These are visually spectacular and full of interactive tools – VERY interesting and entertaining historical volumes with lots of “stuff” to look at and talk about.

Note: You need iTunes in order to download and read these ebooks

Click here to go to the download page

Great Resources from the Postal Museum

We’ve featured some neat resources from the United States Postal Museum in the past, and today have a bunch more for you to consider when studying American history, biography, geography, culture and commerce:

Screen shot 2015-11-06 at 10.17.32 AMVIRTUAL EXHIBITS

The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America’s postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance of letters, and spotlight the creation and wondrous diversity of postage stamps. This selection of “virtual exhibits” are interactive versions of some of their most popular museum exhibits. Topics include: American Art, American Sports, African American Pioneers, American Indians, Railway & Air Mail, Women’s History, and much more.

Click here to go to the Postal Museum Virtual Exhibits!


The Postal Museum’s Curriculum guides offer lesson plans and materials to aid in the exploration of museum themes and skills within the classrooms. There are 14 different curriculum studies for primary through high school, covering a variety of historical topics with a postal theme, including the stories behind individual stamps, Westward Expansion, mail from the front lines during WW2, and more.

Click here to go to the Postal Museum Curriculum page!


Fun educational games, quizzes, videos and activities from the Postal Museum.

Click here to go to the Postal Museum Activities page!