About Us

We are Jim & Susan Erskine, and we live out here in the boonies in rural central Kentucky. Our neighbors are Abraham Lincoln, Mammoth Cave, lots of cows and deer and turkeys, and even a farm or two.

We homeschooled all three of our kids all the way from pre-school through high school – so we know what that’s like. Talk about a crazy, fun, time-consuming, frustrating and absolutely wonderful period of our lives… our kids all thrived and survived, and we’d do it again in a heartbeat! These days we continue the homeschooling journey by offering our own homeschool resources, and adding neat free resources every weekday to this website for the use of other homeschool friends and families, all over the globe.

Want to take a peek at just a few freebies that have been particularly popular on our site over the past 9 years? Here you go:

> > Ever hear of THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY? It is the grand-daddy of all homeschool nature study guides, and is absolutely excellent. Get you a copy!

> > Can little ones learn to play the Guitar? Oh yes… check out this wonderful guide: LITTLE STRUMMERS!

> > A lot of our readers love this fun video series our daughter Jess did a few years back. You’ll learn some great household tips too. THE FUMBLETONS!

> Here’s a nifty set of 10 biographies of great classical musicians – both the read-aloud PDFs and Audiobook versions! Lots of folks love to use these for introducing classical music to their kids.

There’s hundreds of other freebies on our site, so feel free to scroll back and explore.Β  You may also want to join our weekly e-mail list that tells you what’s coming up on our site, AND gives you a “Subscriber Exclusive” freebie too. Oh yes… you’ll also get a FREE Homeschool Time Management Toolkit when you sign up. Click here!

If you want to say “Hi”, we’d love to hear from you. Just post a comment below, or send us an email us at homeschoolradioshows@gmail.com.

We are also on Facebook as HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay. (But the real action is here on our website!)



40 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Hello guys! My name is Rhonda,I’m mother of 7 that I homeschool.Could you please share what books,test,and other things that you use.Or what were the big things that helped mainly with testing.Thanks

  2. Thanks for your faithfulness in doing this every week. I can so relate to your comment about Jessica getting set up in her own apartment. Indeed, no one prepares parents for when children leave home. I cried the entire summer when my firstborn went off to college. It did not get easier with his four siblings to follow each year after that. πŸ™ Conflicting emotions is an understatement, and being missionaries in Japan made it that much tougher.

    Anyway, love the new website design, especially the color! Keep up the good work.

  3. I just love your dedication to serving the homeschool community. I am a missionary in Guatemala and we use your information to help us serve our families and in our work! The new website is perfectly beautiful! Thank you!

  4. Someone once told me that a cookbook is worth the price you paid for it if you find just one recipe that you use and love. Well, if that statement is true (and I believe it is!) and I can carry that analogy over to websites or homeschool endeavors, then your website is an over-the-top success. Not only are the resources free or very low-cost, but every week, week after week, I find gems and nuggets of gold. There is no other way to describe what you deliver than as treasure! I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the “lineup” every Sunday evening. I can only imagine the work that goes into this, as well as the love and dedication. Thank you ever so much. I’m sure I will be referring to this for years to come as my oldest still has five years left of school and my youngest (the 5th) is just ten months old.

  5. I don’t know what happened to this website. I only see a white background now, like I am looking at a Word document. At first I thought I must be at a wrong location. I don’t know if it is on purpose. I loved it like it was. Oh well, can’t please everyone and if it is on purpose, I trust there must be a good reason for it. I’ll hang in there to see what happens. Maybe the appearance is due to other issues.

  6. I just love the new look! We use your resources in Guatemala for our mission and other homeschooling parents! THANK YOU!

  7. Hi I’m using mozilla firefox and a dell computer. When I right click, there is no option, greyed or otherwise, to save–except the save the link. Do you know what I should do? Thanks!

  8. What age range is your Shakespeare for the Ears program for? I have a soon to be 8 year old daughter. Would this be appropriate for her?

    Thank you.

  9. Hello,
    My name is Cindy.  I am a home school mom of two and facilitate a group within our church.
    This site is such a blessing.  Thank you for the resources and all the work that goes into making these available to us all.
    So grateful and thankful! (:

  10. This was really different this week, but still a lot of goodies to be found and used! I like either format – maybe even mix it up every now and again? It really doesn’t matter which way is done, because I enjoy and so appreciate the materials and resources that y’all provide us! If it wasn’t for the things y’all are willing to offer and provide, homeschooling would be somewhat more difficult because I utilize so much of the items! Keep up the terrific job and enjoy your time off!

  11. I LOVED the one-a-day format this week! I don’t spend much time at the computer except to check email so there have been many weeks when I’ve missed a good freebie because I forgot to make a note of it to visit your website. With the one-a-day format, I saw what was available that day and didn’t miss anything I was interested in. Thanks!

  12. I did enjoy all the special resources you sent subscribers during your break! thanks for all that extra effort!

  13. Thank you for letting us know about the free Yale music course. I watched some of the introduction and it looks good. I’ll probably use this some this year for all my kids as part of music appreciation.

  14. I hope you get the Research Paper PDF again for us. I was unable to get on this site yesterday and didn’t get to take advantage of the freebie. My daughter is in 8th grade and I am hoping that I can find something like this to help us learn the right way to do a research paper. Thanks so much for all the freebies you give to us. They are all so helpful.

  15. Please, please run the Steps to Writing a Research Paper again. I was in bed with a migraine all that day and did not get to take advantage of this excellent offer. I have an eighth grader this year, we were looking forward to using this curriculum. Thank you so much for providing these offers and continuing to help home schoolers.

  16. You guys are awesome! Thank you so much for all the wonderful freebies and resources! They have helped me tremendously with homeschool. I hope you offer the classic Christmas tales again next year – couldn’t get them ths time but will next time :-}. Thanks again.

  17. Have a great spring break! Thank you for all you do! God bless you and your family!!! πŸ™‚

  18. I really like your new look! Thanks for continuing with this wonderful ministry to us all. πŸ™‚

  19. Wow! Love the new look of the website and I love all the poetry this week! Thanks for all the wonderful stuff over the years. πŸ™‚

  20. Dear Jess,
    I will be praying for you and your travels. I “get” it. You’re doing what God has told you to do. May He bless you immensely, and those you will meet, as you travel this path.
    Liza, from NH
    p.s. Looking forward to the Fumbletons next year. πŸ™‚
    p.p.s. Also, looking forward to hearing about your travels when you get back.

  21. Hi HomeschoolFreebie Family! Thanks so much for all the resources you provide. My kids love the radio programs, and we appreciate all the work you put into finding us such great sites and downloads. I had a question regarding the e-books, pdfs, and documents I often get from your site. I’m looking to purchase an e-reader; and I was wondering if you happen know which readers would work well with the kinds of downloads your provide. I know there are a lot of pdfs. I know nothing about e-readers – do they all read pdfs well? I discoved I’m not using some of the resources I get here simply because I don’t want to read a book to my kids from on my laptop. Anyways, any input or opinion that you have on any reader would be wonderful. Thanks again for all your hard work.

  22. we were on you site yesterday looking for the paper dolls… didn’t see any, did we miss it? Thanks for all your great resources.

  23. Hi guys,
    I really appreciate all you do and provide on this site. I am missing the comments section after the resources as this was really useful. I am disappointed that todays entry ( the science comics) does not have any warning they are from a evolution point of view. Also they are pushing the global warming propaganda, instead of good science of looking at the real evidence. In the past I have noted you have usually been careful about these warnings, and figured you’d accidentally missed this one. Thanks.

  24. I am so sorry you received such negative responses regarding the “Girls” resource. I would just like to say thank you for that resource and also for not following all of the politically correct ideology, which, by the way, goes directly against the word of God in many ways! May God bless you in all your efforts! Thank you for not compromising against Gods word πŸ™‚

  25. I just want to say that I was really excited to read about your “girls” book yesterday and have full plans to order it as soon as I get a few more minutes. I have far too many women friends asking me how to cook to not think it is critical for my girls to learn it and the skills you have included in this set.

  26. Since you received so many negative comments on the “girl’s guide” yesterday I thought I would write and tell you how excited I am to order these books! What a blessing to share with our daughters. I second the comment above : Thank you for not following all of the politically correct ideology, which, by the way, goes directly against the word of God in many ways!
    Blessings to you!

  27. I downloaded the sample of the “girls” book. I do agree that homemaking is not just for girls. Why not just have made a home skills guide that could be used for boys or girls?

  28. Hi, I enjoy your resources. But, I’ve been trying daily, without success, since August 1 to visit the website of Homeschool Enrichment Magazine to get the entire 2012 year of Home School Enrichment Magazine as a free PDF download. I have no trouble visiting your other links. Why can’t I get that one? Harold

  29. Major procratinator here. It is 6:15 PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, and I am wondering if the subscriber’s exclusive link has been removed this week. I know it expired tonite, but I don’t know if there was a specific time deadline as well and if I missed it.


  30. Hello, I didn’t know where to write a review for the Girl’s Guide so I thought I would post my comments here. Your book, “The Complete Girl’s Guide to Home Skills” has been an amazing resource for my family. Basic life skills of washing & folding laundry, cooking, and cleaning the home are necessary for everyone to learn. After finding this guide, I feel more confident in my skills to keep my home organized and clean.

    I am a stay-at-home mother with two children (one boy and one girl). I have been a homemaker for 13 years. I never realized how my lack of proper housekeeping skills was keeping me (and everyone else) stressed in our home. My parent’s never taught me these basic skills when I was growing up.

    As a “latch-key-kid” from the 80’s, I grew up in a house with two working parents. It was normal to be in a chaotic, unorganized household. After school, I always came home to an empty house. When mom and dad came home, they were tired. If we did clean, it was before company came and mom would be stressed and crabby because no one helped keep the house in order during the week.

    Thanks to your guide, my whole family is now learning and using these skills. Our household runs so much more smoothly. The stress of laundry piles and messy bathrooms is gone and my children have learned important lessons on how to be responsible for their home.

    Properly keeping a home is not a man and woman “equality” issue. It’s a man and woman “quality” issue. We all feel proud and less stressed knowing that our home is clean and in order. Thank you for putting this guide together. These important life skills are just as relevant to today’s modern households as they were 100 years ago.

  31. Love the new look with the TREES of learning coming out of the BOOK of knowledge. The “leave your thoughts” button instead of traditional “comments” in beautiful script is a nice touch.

    I remember some time back, y’all tried a big change and it did not go over well at all and subsequently changed it back. But I must say you hit this one out of the ballpark. It’s refreshing without being disruptive.

  32. We bought today’s link American History for the Ear: The Ultimate Mega Collection. My son is high auditory and has loved most of them this year. I will say some of the files are just poorly recorded and it took a while to download all of the files to my computer. But once there were there, putting on the MP3 and playing them in the car wherever we go is a breeze. If you have a high child who is high auditory, these might work for you as they have for us.

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