George Washington at Home… and more!, the official site of the home of George Washington, has a bunch of neat freebie resources that make any study of our first President and his times come to life for students. Here’s some of the highlights:


On this page, you can take a virtual tour of MountVernon. Washington’s entire adulthood is reflected in these rooms. By looking carefully at the furnishings and decorative features, you can find clues to Washington’s character, tastes, and accomplishments, as well as his aspirations for a fledgling United States.

Click here to go to the virtual tour


On this page, you can download lesson plans and activity sheets for Primary, Middle School and High School age students about Washington, his influence, and the early years of our nation:

Click here to go to the Lesson Plans page


Here are downloadable full-length versions of the museum’s excellent video programs on Washington and his era, including “The Real Martha Washington”, “The Music of Washington’s World,” “George Washington and the American Revolution”, “Slavery at Mt. Vernon”, and several others:

Click here to go to the video download page

Oh, and did we mention you can request a FREE portrait of Washington like the one in the photo above? Cool!

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The Wonder of the Day

Screen shot 2014-10-03 at 5.18.16 offers a great daily resource called  the “Wonder of the Day”. Each day, a new question is posed, then answered in a mini-lesson (often with a video, activity or experiment). They are great curiosity generators for kids. Recent questions posed include “Why do people still smoke cigarettes?” “Who invented the microwave oven?” “Why does reading make you sleepy?” and “How many breaths do you take each day?”.

You can see the current “wonder”, then scroll back through past questions as well as subscribe to the site for daily updates. This is fascinating stuff, sure to spark the interest of young students.

Click here to go to the site!

- submitted by Cori Sanders (thank you Cori!)

First Aid Course for the whole family offers a VERY good free online first aid course that anyone can take. This online first aid training could equip you (or your kids) with the skills and knowledge to help save someone’s life. Students can work their way through the course at their own pace to develop lifesaving knowledge. Once you’re done, you can download a free first aid certificate.

(For older kids, you might consider going through this online course to familiarize them with all the basics, and then actually have them go through the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR certification in your own community.)

Registration is required, but the course and certificate are totally free.

Click here to go to the site!

Seasonal Paper Dolls

PAPER DOLLS for All Seasons

Artist Melissa Thomsen has created a delightful series of paper dolls, most with seasonal outfits (some in full color, others you color yourself). These are lovely and fun paper craft projects!

You can find several different dolls and outfits on her site HERE.

And just in case you can’t spot it, the original Clementine Curls paper doll, who wears the Autumn wardrobe seen in this illustration, is here.

– suggested by Wendy Stoller (thanks, Wendy!)

Beauty & Make Up Unit Study

(We understand this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this well-done study will be a great help for many families with girls growing up in today’s provocative fashion & beauty culture. Glean!)

Here is a great downloadable PDF unit study for tween and teenage girls from Jennifer Lambert at It’s a sensitive and balanced look at what real beauty is really all about… from a Christian viewpoint which encourages modest use of make up at appropriate times.

from the introduction: “Mamas, read this unit along with your daughters and discuss biblical beauty, inner and outer beauty. Decide together when and if makeup is appropriate and what makeup should be worn and how. I hope this incites an ongoing conversation about beauty and makeup from preteen to adulthood with mothers and daughters.”

Click here to go to the download page!

- suggested by Becca Carroll (thanks, Becca!)

Homeschooler’s Guide to Classic Kindle Freebies! has a great Homeschooler’s Guide to Free Kindle Books. While many Kindle freebies are available for only a short time, this guide specifically features timeless classics that are always free for Kindle.

(Note: Even if you don’t have a kindle reader, Kindle format ebooks can be viewed on any computer or device using the free Kindle App, the link to which is also on this site.)

There are hundreds of books listed in this handy guide, with loads of classic living books, children’s book series and themed collections available. A real time-saving treasure chest of kindle freebies – that DON’T expire on you!

Click here to go to the site!

- suggested by Janette Gutscher (thanks, Janette!)

Wildlife Waystation

The Wildlife Waystation Animal Sanctuary in Los Angeles, CA offer some neat animal lessons, printable games, and even do-it-yourself masks based on some of their current inhabitants. These change regularly, but currently they feature the Great Horned Owl, Baboons, Bunnies and a Ruffed Lemur. Fun stuff!

Click here to go to the download page!
- suggested by Maegan Taylor (thanks, Maegan!)

Family Haircuts & How to Give Them, 1950s style!

Family Haircuts & How to Give Them, 1950s style! (PDF ebook)

What a fun find! In the midst of a humongous 522 page 1950s era barber college textbook (which mainly focused on how to pass a state barber exam), we ran across THIS wonderful chapter detailing men’s haircut styles, with detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to give the perfect haircut! So, we excerpted the whole section and put it in this stand-alone ebook on hair cutting technique, 1950s style! If you like the men in your family to look clean-cut and snappy, check it out! A great guide for frugal moms who want to cut their family’s hair!

To download this 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.

Poco A Poco + Teacher’s Manual

POCO A POCO: A Direct Method for Learning Spanish (PDF ebook)

Back by popular demand, today we bring back this neat beginner’s Spanish language primer in which you learn the language “poco a poco” (little by little) – by reading basic lessons written entirely in Spanish. Presented in both question & answer, and conversational format, each day’s lesson are presented orally by the teacher, and build on the previous day’s lesson and words learned. Great curriculum!

NEW this time around: The original POCO A POCO: TEACHER’S MANUAL!Includes lesson plans, year by year teaching syllabus, and a complete vocabulary & grammatical guide

To download the POCO A POCO students’ book, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer.

To download the Teacher’s Guide, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer.



When Mother Lets Us Cut Out Pictures

When Mother Lets Us Cut Out Pictures, by Ida E. Boyd (PDF ebook)

Well, I have a feeling it may be politically incorrect in this day and age to suggest that children get out the scissors and start cutting away, so forgive us today if scissor-work (with pointed scissors, yet!) is off limits in your family. Nevertheless, this wonderful gem from way back in 1918 deserves to be re-discovered, and some folks are really going to have fun with it. Written and “illustrated” (with cut out pictures, naturally) by Ida Boyd, a teacher of art at the Brooklyn School for Teachers, this crafty little guide offers all sorts of great advice for teaching your kids to use scissors and provides a multitude of fun and educational cut-out projects. Projects include cut-outs such as flowers, dishes, people, houses, fences, toys, whirli-gigs, Christmas scenes, and all sorts of everyday items that kids can pretend play with after cutting them out. What a great way to kindle the imagination, develop artistic and motor skills, and just have fun.

Here’s an excerpt that gives you the feel for how warm and gentle the tone of this text is:

“Let me whisper something to you…. When we are having a happy time ourselves, let us remember not to make any work for anyone else. Let us make mother glad because we never leave a scrap of paper on the floor. Little fingers, bright eyes, and loving children will be quick to help everybody, every time and everywhere. Shall we have that for our secret?”

I don’t know why, but I just love that.

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

Mac users: Press the “control” key, then click the above link and “save” to your mac.