Preserving Food: Dehydration

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 11.53.32 AMSince the season for harvesting from the garden or greengrocer is upon us, today we are giving you this wonderful guide from The Homemaker’s Mentor on preserving by dehydration — either by Solar or Sun Drying, Oven Drying, or by using an Electric Dehydrator.

There are lots of practical how-to ideas, tips, recipes and suggestions in this report that will help you keep your family eating healthy for months to come!

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.

Crayola Crayon Projects & Plans

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 10.59.30 AMCRAYOLA LESSON PLANS & PROJECTS

The makers of Crayola crayons have put together a huge site that offers over 1000 Art projects and lesson plans that involve – what else? – crayons!

The projects are inventive and fun and the lessons are for the most part okay, but honestly, the common core “standards” they have tacked on to these are just an afterthought. We suggest you feel free to ditch the convoluted “standards” without guilt, and just have fun with the very creative and often ingenious arts & crafts projects!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!


Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 10.49.07 AMLinks updated and added!

Designing and creating your own paper airplanes is a perfect way to give your kids some high interest, non-electronic fun this summer. Who can make the coolest plane? Which design flies the farthest? Can you loop-the-loop? Shhhhh! You don’t even need to explain to your kids that they are also learning about engineering, design, physics and aeronautics – and developing motor skills to boot! Here are some wonderful downloadable resources to get you flying high:



Since we blew it with the links below, we’re making up for it by adding this ebook which was originally just for our Subscribers Only. THE PAPER AEROPLANE BOOK is an excellent PDF ebook explaining just how they work, along with some basic designs! Click here to get it!

* The following links have step by step folding instructions for some amazing advanced airplanes, but the downloadable PDFs require membership. We missed that when we first posted these, but the instructions should be enough without having to download their paid guides:






Essential Homeschool Planning Forms

formsRecently updated at is her wonderful collection of “The Forms that Every Homeschool Planner Might Need” As Donna says about these: “Some forms seem essential for the homeschool planner. These are homeschool forms that provide a record of several aspects of your children’s educational studies and forms that makes your day a little easier. I will list links, homeschool form names, and why the planner forms are helpful.”

There are lots of great useable forms here, including a school calendar, event calendar, attendance calendar, course of study, goals & objectives, curriculum key, book list forms, household & meal planning forms, and much more. Check them out as you are making your plans for the new homeschool year this summer.

Click here to go to the download page!

Fables from Aesop: The Golden Goose & others

The_Goose_That_Laid_the_Golden_Eggs_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_19994Here’s a fun listen for you: The story of the goose that laid golden eggs & other fables from Aesop, retold by Sterling Holloway! There are several Aesop fables stirred into this delightful classic children’s audio for listeners of all ages.

You can stream this half hour audio to your device by clicking HERE.

Or to download this MP3 Audio file, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, then save to your mac.

The Engines of Our Ingenuity

“The Engines of Our Ingenuity” is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Written and hosted by John Lienhard and other contributors, it is heard nationally on Public Radio and produced by Houston Public Media. Among other features, this web site houses the audio transcripts of over 3000 five minute episodes broadcast since the show’s inception in 1988.

With thousands of streaming audio programs to choose from, there is as you might guess a huge array of inventions and historical topics to choose from, including basic inventions like paper clips and tunnels, to odd ball topics that might also appeal to young listeners, including Mad Scientists, the Black Death, and many others. Just start digging around and you’ll find something that you are currently or planning to study.

These short audios are pretty much straightforward and can be a bit dense for younger students, but tweens and teens especially ought to eat these up – and at five minutes length, they are very easy to listen to.

Click here to go to their site! (Once on the page, click the link “Engines Transcripts” to go to their streaming library of shows.)


Skillswise English Learning Games

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Screen shot 2015-07-10 at 11.01.37 AMSo… we teach English & Grammar rules to our children, and then practice, review and hope – but if they still need reinforcement, what then? That’s when you can try games like these.

The BBC’s Skillswise site offers over 50 interactive English language & grammar games and activities. These very practical, life-skills oriented games were originally created for adult learners, but most will work great in a homeschool setting with students grade 6 and up. Topics include phonics, sentence structure, punctuation, and much more.

Click here to go to the site!

Crash Course Videos Channel

Screen shot 2015-07-10 at 11.08.32 AMHere’s a great Youtube channel chock full of interesting courses presented in 10-15 minute “lessons”: John Green teaches you World History 2; his brother Hank Green teaches you Anatomy & Physiology; Phil Plait teaches you Astronomy; Craig Benzine teaches you U.S. Government and Politics. Check out the playlists for past courses in World History, Biology, Literature, Ecology, Chemistry, Psychology, and US History, Economics, Astronomy and much more.

We have not viewed every video on this channel, but what we’ve seen so far has been very good, and quite entertaining. Just to be sure, you may wish to preview specific courses you are interested in before sharing with your kids. Also: We always suggest you don’t read the comments on these or any other youtube videos, as anyone can post there, and they aren’t very edifying to say the least.

Click here to go to their youtube page!

The Bible In Pictures

Screen shot 2015-07-03 at 2.51.07 PMHere’s an amazing vintage book from 1906  telling the Bible story in a rebus (picture/text/puzzle) format. As it says in the introduction, it was “designed to stimulate a greater interest in study of the Bible by both young and old”, and it does indeed grab your attention with its detailed, well done illustrations. If you want to share some basic Bible stories with your little ones in a way they will remember, take a look at this.

Tech Note: This is a scanned PDF of the original book, and can only be viewed properly on a computer screen. It won’t show up on a portable device.

To download this large (25 megs) 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.

Things Worth Doing… and How to Do Them

Screen shot 2015-07-03 at 2.37.48 PMTHINGS WORTH DOING… AND HOW TO DO THEM

Here’s another wonderful vintage book by Lina and Adelia B. Beard that is chock full of old-fashioned crafts, games and activities for children with a little time, creativity and imagination. Included are loads of things to make, party ideas, indoor and outdoor games, seasonal celebrations, and much much more. This is early 20th century “hands on” fun that just naturally includes lots of educational tidbits too.

Project Gutenberg offers this delightful book in several formats:

Click here to read the book online (HTML)

To download the Kindle version, click here.

To download the EPUB version, click here.